Russia’s Biggest Grain Region to Have Enough Moisture in April

Russia’s biggest grain growing and exporting region will have sufficient moisture this month to support spring sowing even with below-average precipitation forecast, according to the Federal Hydrometeorological Center.

Crops will have “a sufficient moisture level” to develop in the Southern and North-Caucasus federal districts, the center said on its website. Precipitation will be 20 percent to 30 percent below the monthly norm and temperatures will be about 1 degree Centigrade (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above the norm during April in the two districts, the center’s data show.

The normal level of rain varies from 19 millimeters to 86 millimeters, and normal temperatures are 9.2 degrees to 12.1 degrees Centigrade across 10 regions in the two federal districts tracked by the center.

The deviation from the normal level is not considered to be big, and moisture accumulated during March in the two areas will help crops develop normally, Tamara Maksimenkova, head of the weather center’s crops laboratory, said by phone today in Moscow.

The two districts accounted for about 35 percent of the national harvest last year, according to the state statistics data. Russia harvested 70.9 million metric tons of grains in 2012, the state statistics data show.

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