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Ukraine Winter Wheat Crop Seen Dropping Up to 46% After Freeze

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine’s winter-wheat crop may fall 46 percent after drought and frost ruined plants, according to the national weather center.

The crop will probably fall 8 million to 10 million metric tons, Tetiana Adamenko, head of the center’s agro-meteorology department, told reporters in Kiev today. The prior winter-wheat harvest came to 21.6 million tons, figures from the state statistics office show.

Ukraine imposed curbs on grain exports in 2010 after drought ruined its crop. Prices rose to a 23-month high in Chicago trading in August of that year, contributing to record global food costs.

Grain from the current crop was lost on 35 percent to 40 percent of planted areas according to the center’s preliminary estimate, Tetiana Adamenko, head of its agro-meteorology department, told reporters in Kiev today.

Winter barley was ruined on 60 percent to 70 percent of planted areas, Adamenko said. Winter rapeseed was lost on as much as 60 percent of sown areas.

Winter grains sprouted as of today on 7.4 million hectares (18.3 million acres), or 87 percent of planted areas, the Agriculture Ministry said in an e-mailed statement. Plants were in good and satisfactory condition on 4.8 million hectares, or 65 percent, it said. The winter crop consists mostly of wheat.

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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