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Russia’s Grain Crop Seen by Ministry Down 24% From 2011

Russia, the world’s third-biggest wheat exporter last season, harvested 24 percent less grains so far this year with a crop of 72.9 million metric tons, the Agriculture Ministry said.

The wheat crop is 39.6 million tons from 99 percent of the planted fields, down from 59.2 million tons a year earlier, the ministry said on its website today. The wheat yield dropped to 1.85 tons a hectare (2.47 acres) from 2.37 tons a hectare, it said. The grains harvest was from 38.6 million hectares, or 98.5 percent of the planted area, it said.

Winter grain plantings are 15.6 million hectares, or 93 percent of the target, according to the ministry.

The sugar-beet crop is 37.6 million tons from 87 percent of the sown area, up from 34.5 million tons a year earlier, the ministry said.

Barley output of 14.7 million tons is from 98 percent of the planted area, and down from 17.6 million tons in 2011, according to the ministry. Corn production of 6.4 million tons is from 78 percent of the planted area, and up from 4.3 million tons last year.

The rice crop is 1.1 million tons from 90 percent of the area, up from 1 million tons in 2011, with a yield of 6.27 tons a hectare compared with 5.76 tons a hectare last year.

The sunflower seeds crop is about 7.2 million tons, from 86 percent of the planted area, it said.

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