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Grain Fields in Russia’s South Lose Moisture Because of Dry Air

June 13, 2013

Dry air across grain-growing regions in southern Russia reduced soil-moisture levels in some fields this month, the state weather center said.

Dry conditions caused soil drought for some winter-grain fields in the Volga Federal District’s Saratov area and certain spring-grain and sunflower fields in the Orenburg region in June’s first 10 days, the center said today on its website. The district accounted for about 21 percent of the national crop in 2012, according to government statistics.

Rainfall in the Southern and North-Caucasus federal districts was too light to prevent soil drought for some grain fields in the Volgograd and Rostov regions, the center said. The two districts grew about 35 percent of last year’s national crop, with Volgograd and Rostov together harvesting about 12 percent, the statistics show.

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