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Ukraine has favourable weather for spring grain sowing

KIEV, March 25 (Reuters) - Weather conditions and soil moisture are favourable for Ukraine's 2020 spring grain sowing, which started earlier this month, the country's state weather forecasters said on Wednesday.

Ukraine plans to sow more than 7 million hectares to spring grains this year, including 5.4 million hectares of corn and 1.14 million hectares of spring barley.

Forecasters said that a rapid jump in spring temperatures can lead to a decrease in moisture in the soil, which negatively affects the crops.

Ukraine has just had one of its warmest winters and meteorologists said the share of weak winter crops has fallen to 8 to 9% as of mid-March from 10-11% several weeks ago.

Analyst APK-Inform, however, said this week that night frost across Ukrainian northern and central regions could damage some snowless areas sown with winter grain.

Taras Vysotskiy, the deputy economy minister in charge of agriculture, said earlier this month that Ukraine's grain harvest could fall to no less than 65 million tonnes from a record 75 million in 2019 due to a smaller wheat output. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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