EASTERN EUROPE: CROP PROSPECTS FOR 1982

Created: 4/15/1982

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EASTERN EUROPE: Crop Prospects2

With normal weather, the winter grain harvest In Eastern Europe could approach the recordf nearlyillion tons. The area sown with winter grains last fall was larger than in recent years, and good snow cover through late February probably prevented any major winter damage. 'Winter grains generally accountforhalf of total grain production in Eastern Europe. J

Commenti It is still too early toeliable estimate of regional grain outputecause spring grains are only now being planted and yields wxll depend on weather conditions. Food supply problems in Poland and Romania make this crop season unusually important. Either country would have difficulty buying enough from traditional Western suppliers to compensateoor harvest, and, after three consecutive bad harvests, Moscow would hard pressed to assist them

this year.

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