Ukraine's winter grain crops 84% sprouted in planted areas as of Jan. 19, up from 83% on Jan. 5 and 75% as of late November, agriculture ministry says; 27% of grain in sprouted areas in good condition

LOS ANGELES , January 20, 2012 () – According to a statement on Ukrainian Agriculture Ministry’s website, Ukrainian winter grain crops have sprouted in 84% of planted areas as of Jan. 19, up from 83% on Jan. 5 and 75% as of late November, Bloomberg reported Jan. 20.

The ministry also reported that 27% of the grain in spouted areas, or 1.89 million hectares (4.67 million acres), was classified as being in good condition.

Sprouted grains were in satisfactory and poor condition on, respectively, 2.82 million hectares and 2.35 million hectares, the ministry added.

Crops had been detrimentally affected by a 3-and-a-month drought stretching from September 2011.

According to the Ukrainian Hydrometeorology Center, this was the worst autumn drought that Ukraine had experienced in at least 50 years.

The Ukrainian government predicts that the winter-wheat harvest this year will fall nearly 46% to approximately 12 million to 16 million tonnes.

As of Jan. 19, winter rapeseed had not sprouted on 201,700 hectares out of the 961,000 hectares on which it had seen sown, the Agriculture Ministry reported.

According to the Ministry, oilseed crops on 33% of sprouted areas, or 248,100 hectares, were rated as being in good condition while an additional 33% and 34%, respectively, were rated as either being in satisfactory or poor contrition.

The primary source of this article is Bloomberg, New York, New York, on Jan. 20, 2012.

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