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.