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Russian winter favours grain sowings so far - Interfax

MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Winter weather has been favourable for Russian winter grain sowings so far this year, Roman Vilfand, head of research at Russian weather forecaster Hydrometcentre, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency on Monday.

* Winter weather conditions in Russia's southern regions of Krasnodar, Stavropol, Rostov and part of the Volga region, have been favourable to winter grain sowings, he said.

* Winter weather conditions have been beneficial to Russian winter grain sowings for the fifth winter in a row, he added.

* The winter weather will have a positive effect on winter grain sowings in the country if there are no extreme freezing temperatures in the southern part of European Russia in February, Vilfand said.

* Vilfand has said winter grains make up between 46 and 50 percent of Russia's annual grain harvest. (Reporting by Polina Devitt Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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