August 17, 2011

  

Russia reaps 39% of grain area

 

 

Russia gathered 48.5 million tonnes of grain by bunker weight by August 16 from 17.2 million hectares, or 39% of the sown area, the agriculture ministry said.

 

The ministry did not provide a comparative figure, but a year ago it said farmers harvested 40.1 million tonnes of grain by August 18 from 19.2 million hectares, just over half of the area left for harvesting not damaged by a severe drought.

 

A ministry statement said average grain yields were 2.81 tonnes per hectare compared to 2.12 tonnes a year ago and 2.72 tonnes in 2009.

 

The wheat crop by August 16 this year was 33.6 million tonnes, up from 28.5 million a year ago, while barley output was 8.8 million tonnes, up from 5.7 million.

 

Bunker weight, used to measure the crop in the course of the harvesting, is normally 5-7% higher than the clean weight obtained after grain is cleaned and dried, but the difference may be less in hot and dry years.

 

The country officially expects to harvest 85-90 million tonnes of grain this year by clean weight, up from 61 million in 2010, but down from 97 million in 2009.

 

However, some analysts believe the crop may reach 92 million tonnes this year.

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