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Dry soil in Russia's south poses risk for 2023 grain crop -official

MOSCOW, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Low level of moisture reserves in soil in Russia's southern breadbasket poses risks for the 2023 grain crop of the world's largest wheat exporter, Roman Nekrasov, an agriculture ministry official, said on Thursday.

Farmers in Russia have accelerated winter wheat sowing after recent rain eased dry soil conditions in some regions last week, though sowing is still delayed compared with a year ago.

The moisture reserves are low in Russia's southern Krasnodar, Rostov and Stavropol regions - the main wheat producing and exporting areas of the country, Nekrasov told an agriculture conference in Moscow.

He urged farmers to pay special attention to the need to store additional precipitation during upcoming winter and boost moisture reserves to brighten the crop prospects for 2023.

There are no estimates of the 2023 grain crop so far. Russian officials expect the country to harvest a record grain crop of 150 million tonnes, including 100 million tonnes of wheat, in 2022.

Winter wheat, sown in autumn for harvesting in summer, typically accounts for 70% of Russia's crop, brings a higher yield than spring varieties and is less vulnerable to weather. (Reporting by Olga Popova and Polina Devitt; editing by David Evans)

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