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Russia Rains Help Reduce Drought Effects on Southern Spring Crop

June 11, 2013

Warm temperatures and showers helped spring grains to resume development in Russia’s southern regions, the main export-oriented area, after dryness last month, according to the state weather center.

Spring grains entered the maturation stage in the Southern and North Caucasus Federal Districts in the first 10 days of June helped by rains, the weather center said today on its website. The two districts accounted for about 35 percent of the national crop in 2012, according to the state statistics data.

Rains came too late to reduce the impact of drought on winter grains and air humidity “restricted” maturation of winter crops, according to the center. “That is why there was no significant improvement of conditions for these plants,” it said.

Rains were insufficient to eliminate drought conditions for crops in some areas of Rostov, Astrakhan, Kalmykia, Stavropol and Krasnodar regions in the two federal districts, it said. Drought also affected crops in some fields in the Saratov, Samara and Orenburg areas of the Volga Federal District so far this month, the center said. Volga accounted for about 21 percent of the national crop last year, state data show.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow at msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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