May 22, 2006


Russia reports a fall in spring wheat planting



Russia planted spring wheat on 3.95 million hectares to May 16, which was 580,000 hectares less than on the same date last year, according to the agriculture ministry.


The fall is causing particular concern because Russian farmers need to replant large areas where winter grains were damaged by unusually severe frosts of the last winter.


The Agriculture Ministry said spring wheat planting was slow in Siberia and in the Urals, where late spring had delayed the start of the planting campaign.


In general a considerable proportion of spring wheat east of the Urals will be planted later than usual, which will result in delayed harvesting, causing crops to be vulnerable to bad weather in the autumn.


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