September 17, 2004



Russia Harvested 68.7 Million MT Grain To September 13

Russia harvested 68.7 million metric tons of grain to Sept. 13, compared with 54.3 million tons on the same date last year, an agriculture ministry official said Thursday.
The grain was harvested on 33.2 million hectares, 74.8% of the total area, with an average yield of 2.07 tons a hectare, compared with 1.88 tons/ha last year.
The wheat harvest to date was 37.7 million, compared with 24.9 million tons on the same date last year.
The agriculture ministry expects a grain harvest of 73-76 million tons.
Russia's 2003 grain harvest was 67.2 million tons in clean weight, 22.4% down on 2002.

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