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Ukraine Winter Grain Condition Falls This Year, Researcher Says

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The condition of Ukraine’s winter grains has deteriorated compared with last year, agricultural researcher UkrAgroConsult said.

Winter grains, comprised mostly of winter wheat, sprouted on 86.2 percent of the country’s planted areas compared with 100 percent a year ago, the Kiev-based researcher said in an e-mailed statement today.

About 26.4 percent of the crops are in good condition, compared with 56.2 percent in 2011, according to the statement. About 33.5 percent of the plants are in poor condition, compared with 6.6 percent a year earlier.

Ukraine’s 2012 winter grain plantings rose by 3.8 percent to 8.39 million hectares (20.7 million acres), according to the state statistics service data.

Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya and the Odessa regions were among the worst hit by poor weather, the researcher said, adding about 1.5 million to 2 million hectares of land will need to be reseeded in the spring.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kateryna Choursina in Kiev at kchoursina@bloomberg.net

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

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