Ukraine may lose up to 30% of winter crops sown for the harvest of 2012 due to extremely adverse conditions this autumn, head of agricultural meteorology at the Hydrometeorological Center Tetiana Adamenko said, UKRINFORM reports.

According to her, the prolonged drought, which began in mid-summer, has been replaced by cold weather, which did not allow plants to develop enough for successful hibernation.

Ukraine traditionally sows 7-8 million hectares of winter crops, mainly winter wheat, and the loss of large areas means a significant reduction in wheat production in 2012.

In 2011, Ukraine, which consumes about 12 million tons of wheat in the season, has collected more than 22 million tons of wheat, and intends to export 10 million tons of grain in the 2011-2012 season.

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