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Ukraine Spring Sowing May Leave Less Area for Corn, Sunflowers

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Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine’s early start to spring planting and the possibility of limited winter-kill losses will leave less acreage for late-planted crops such as corn and sunflowers, according to Oil World.

Conditions are favorable for a pickup of Ukraine’s grain and rapeseed crops in 2013-14, provided weather conditions remain favorable, the Hamburg-based researcher wrote in an e-mailed report today.

Winter grains successfully emerged from the soil on 98 percent of the planted area as of mid-February, according to Oil World. Of the grain crop, 91 percent was in good or satisfactory condition, it said.

“Winter crop conditions continue to improve in Ukraine, with recent warm weather promoting additional emergence and development of late planted crops, mainly in the southern regions,” Oil World wrote.

Of the sprouted rapeseed, 6 percent was considered as weak and sparse, supporting the idea of a rebound in Ukraine’s rapeseed production this year, according to the researcher.

Farmers in Crimea have already started planting early spring crops, mainly wheat and barley, while farmers in northern regions are preparing to sow, aided by a lack of snow cover and adequate soil moisture, Oil World wrote.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net

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