May 30, 2006

 

Russia plants spring grains on 26.7 million hectares to May 29

 

 

Russia planted spring grains on 26.7 million hectares to May 29, which is 86.6 percent of the planned total area and 0.7 million hectares less than a year ago, according to the agriculture ministry.

 

The spring grain planting campaign is expected to be completed by Jun 15.

 

Total corn planting to date in Russia was 981,000 hectares, or 85 percent of the planned total area and 129,000 hectares more than on the same date last year.

 

Agriculture Minister Alexey Gordeyev said earlier Russia was likely to harvest between 70-73 million tonnes of grain in clean weight this year, compared with 78.1 million tonnes in 2005. Gordeyev added the forecast was preliminary, with a more accurate assessment expected in the second half of June.

 

The fall in harvest is attributed to unusually severe frosts during the winter and to an unusually dry summer in Russia's southern and Volga regions forecast by the national weather centre.

 

Also because of a late start to the spring planting campaign, especially in Siberia, crops will be vulnerable to cold and rainy weather during the late harvest, Gordeyev said.

 

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