Dry Autumn Cuts Ukraine Wheat Area By 10%

KIEV, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Extreme dry autumn in Ukraine this year caused a nearly 10% drop in winter-wheat sowing, analyst APK-Inform said on Monday.

The area that accounts for more than 95% of Ukraine's total output fell to 5.93 million hectares (59,300 sq km) this year from 6.64 million hectares, the consultancy said in a statement.

Some regions reduced the winter-wheat area by 22%-25%, while the sowing area in Kiev region dived 39%, APK-Inform said.

"The completion of sowing in most areas took place practically in dry soil. Only due to strong fog and abundant morning dew in many areas (helped) form small moisture reserves in the upper layers of the soil," it said.

The consultancy says around a half of Ukrainian winter wheat crops are in good condition, while 38% are in satisfactory state and 14% in poor state.

Ukraine harvested 28.1 million tonnes of wheat in 2019 compared with 24.6 million tonnes in 2018. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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