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Russian Farmers to Keep Planting Winter Grains Amid Warm Spell

Russian farmers will keep planting winter grains this month amid abnormally warm weather, helping bridge a gap with this year’s target after sowing was delayed by rains, according to the country’s Grain Union and Moscow-based consultancy OOO ProZerno.

Farmers planted 14.3 million hectares (35.3 million acres) with winter grains as of yesterday, 8.3 percent less than last year and 13 percent short of the target, Agriculture Ministry data show. Areas under winter grains may reach 15 million hectares, the Grain Union estimates, while ProZerno says plantings will be 14.5 million hectares.