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Ukrainian Winter-Grain Condition Improves as Sprouting Advances

Ukrainian winter grains’ condition improved compared with year-earlier levels as more plants sprouted, researcher UkrAgroConsult said.

Sprouts covered 7.2 million hectares (17.8 million acres) as of Nov. 9, or almost 90 percent of the planted area, the Kiev-based researcher said today in an e-mailed statement. Almost 59 percent of emerged winter grains were in good condition and the portion classified as weak declined to 8.9 percent, the statement showed.

“This year winter grains’ condition is much better than in 2011,” UkrAgroConsult said. “By the same time last year winter grains had sprouted on 71 percent of the planted area. Only 30 percent of emerged crops were in good condition, and 31 percent were weak.”

Winter rapeseed conditions also improved, the researcher said. The oilseed emerged on 986,500 hectares, or 99.3 percent of the planted area, and crops were in good condition on 654,100 hectares, according to UkrAgroConsult.

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