Ukraine Grain Stocks - Dec 1st.

The Ukraine statistics committee reports that Ukraine’s grain stocks in the country amounted to 24.0 mln t as of Dec. 1, 2008 and were thus 57% above the 15.3 mln t recorded one year earlier. Wheat stocks were 12.0 (7.0) mln t.

For the 2009 crop, the winter wheat acreage should be 2% lower at 6.5 (6.7) mln ha, while the winter barley area is expected to be 49% higher at 1.3 mln (850,000) ha. The winter rapeseed area should be 6% lower at 1.4 (1.5) mln ha.