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Recent frosts across Ukraine may cut grain, oilseeds crops, analysts say

Recent severe frosts across Ukraine’s northern and eastern regions could reduce this year’s grain and oilseed harvest, analyst APK-Inform said on Monday.

The consultancy quoted agricultural scientists as saying that the air temperature early in May decreased to minus 2 Celsius degrees (28.4 Fahrenheit) and to minus 9 Celsius (15.8 Fahrenheit) in some areas.

Frosts have damaged crops of wheat, barley, rapeseed and peas, they said, adding that 20% to 30% of the yield could be lost.

The ministry, which forecast the 2024 combined oilseed and grain harvest at 74 million metric tons, does not comment the situation.

Ukraine harvested about 82 million tons of grain and oilseeds in 2023.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Louise Heavens)

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