Russia to start sowing spring grains earlier than usual

MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Russian farmers will start their 2020 spring grain sowing campaign earlier than usual because of warm winter in the country, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

Due to warm winter, some farmers in Russia’s Southern and North-Caucasus districts plan to enter fields in the next few days, agriculture minister Dmitry Patrushev was quoted as saying by the ministry.

Russian farmers plan to sow spring grains on 29.2 million hectares this year, down 181,000 hectares from a year ago.

Russia is the world’s largest exporter of wheat.

In autumn, Russian farmers sowed 18.3 million hectares with winter grains, up 865,000 hectares year on year.

Patrushev also said that 94% of winter grain sowings are in good or satisfactory condition, which is better than the average over recent years.

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