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Russia’s Southern Winter Grain Crop Seen as Damaged on Weather

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Some winter grain crops in southern regions of Russia, world’s third-biggest wheat exporter last season, are suffering due to a lack of moisture, the Federal Hydrometeorological Center said.

About 35 percent to 40 percent of sown areas in “certain districts” in the southeast and center of Stavropol, southeast of Rostov, and south of the Volgograd regions lack water, Anna Strashnaya, head of agricultural forecasts department at the weather center, said by phone in Moscow today. Fields in Krasnodar region have enough moisture, she said.

“There is a problem of moisture insufficiency but there is no catastrophe,” Strashnaya said. Rains are forecast in the south for Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, which could help growth, she said.

Crops are expected to complete the first growing stage by about Nov. 25, when the center will be able to give preliminary estimates of potential winter-grain losses, she said.

Russia’s southern federal district, the country’s main exporting area, accounted for 22.6 million metric tons of grains, or 24 percent of the national crop, last season, according to state statistics data.

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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