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Weather Notes From Australia And Ukraine

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Warmer and wet weather across Ukraine has improved the condition of winter grain crops sown for the 2010 harvest and about 85 per cent was in good or satisfactory condition, analyst UkrAgroConsult said Nov. 17.

The consultancy quoted data from regions as showing crops were mostly in good condition in the west and north, while poor crops were in the southern regions – Crimea, Odessa, Kherson and Mykolayiv.

UkrAgroConsult said about 70 per cent of winter crops were in good and satisfactory condition as of mid-October.

Some Ukrainian analysts last month said a severe drought across the country in July-September might reduce the 2010 wheat harvest by 35-40 per cent to about 13-14 million tonnes from near 20 million in 2008 and 25.9 million in 2008.

Winter wheat amounts to about 80 per cent of the total winter grain area and more than 90 per cent of the total wheat harvest. Ukraine consumes about 12 million tonnes of wheat per year.

AUSTRALIAN CANOLA DOWN

The canola crop in Australia, the world’s third-largest largest exporter, is expected to fall nearly five per cent following frosts and moisture stress, the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) said Nov. 17.

The organization said the harvest would be about 1.795 million tonnes, down from the 2008/09 crop of 1.878 million tonnes.

Unseasonal frosts in New South Wales state in early October had resulted in some crop loss while crops in the north of the state had yielded below average oil content, it said.

AOF said Western Australia, the key oilseeds and grain-exporting state, was likely to harvest 825,000 tonnes, down from 1.138 million tonnes last year.

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