Russia’s Grain Harvest Will Come to 85 Million Tons at Most

Russia lowered the top end of its grain-harvest forecast to 85 million metric tons, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said.

“If the weather is favorable, we will reap about 85 million tons of grains,” she said today at a government meeting. The harvest will be sufficient to cover national consumption and leave an exportable surplus, according to the minister.

The ministry previously forecast a crop of between 85 million and 90 million tons.

Spring sowing of grains reached 30 million hectares (74 million acres), a 2 million-hectare increase from last year, Skrynnik said. Sowing of all spring crops has covered 95 percent of the planned 50 million hectares, she said.

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