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Parts of Spain Losing More than Half of Grain Crop

Date: 30-May-05
Country: SPAIN

However, the union does not have data for the most important cereal growing region, Castille-Leon, making national estimates impossible.

The winter crop, which excludes maize, in the major grain growing area of Castille-La Mancha was seen 50-75 percent below last year's, Pablo Resco, technician for COAG, told Reuters.

Catalonia's crop was expected to be 70 percent lighter, Andalusia's down 50-60 percent and Aragon's anywhere from 50-100 percent, he said.

The latest estimates from Spain's Agriculture Ministry, based on data collected in March, put this year's wheat crop 29 percent lighter year-on-year at 5.06 million tonnes and the barley crop down 25 percent at 7.95 million.

After the dryest winter and spring for almost 60 years, Spain has asked the European Union for the transfer of up to 8 million tonnes of grain from the bloc's intervention stores to help deal with a smaller harvest, a letter seen by Reuters showed.

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