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Frosts may damage some Ukrainian winter grain area

KIEV, March 24 (Reuters) - Night frost across Ukrainian northern and central regions could damage some snowless areas sown with winter grain, analyst APK-Inform said on Tuesday.

Night temperature fell to around 5 degrees Celsius below zero (23 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday and Tuesday and weather forecasters predict at least one frosty night.

Ukraine, which has already started the 2020 spring grain sowing, sowed 7.6 million hectares to the 2020 winter grain harvest. This included 6.4 million hectares of winter wheat, 0.6 percent less than a year earlier.

Winter wheat dominates Ukraine's wheat harvest, accounting for more than 95 percent of the country's wheat production.

The deputy economy minister in charge of agriculture told Reuters this month that Ukraine's 2020 grain harvest could fall to around 65 million tonnes from a record 75 million in 2019 due to lower wheat output caused by smaller sowing area.

Taras Vysorskiy said the 2020 wheat harvest could fall to around 23 million tonnes from 28 million in 2019. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, editiing by Louise Heavens)

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