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Ukrainian Grains Harvest Yields Seen Falling 25% on Dry Weather

Ukraine’s grain harvest yields are expected to fall 20 percent to 25 percent on average because of dry weather, said Tetiana Adamenko, head of the agro-meteorology department at the National Meteorology Center.

Yields are seen between 30 percent and 40 percent lower than last year in southern Ukraine due to hot weather, Adamenko said at a press conference today in Kiev. Autumn drought damaged winter crops and a lack of rainfall in the last quarter worsened the situation, she said.

Ukraine’s harvest may fall to 42.8 million metric tons this year, Nikolay Vernitsky, director of the Kiev-based agricultural researcher ProAgro, said at the press conference. That compares with a record 56.7 million tons in 2011, according to the Agriculture Ministry.

The country will probably reap 12.8 million tons of wheat, 6 million tons of barley and 21.7 million tons of corn, among other grains this year, Vernitsky said.

Ukraine is seen exporting 20.8 million tons of grains in the marketing year which started July 1, compared with 22 million tons to 23 million tons in 2011, Vernitsky said.

-- Editors: Sharon Lindores, John Deane

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