September 20, 2004



Russia's Wheat Harvest Up 41% On Year
Russia's large farms, which account for around 90% of Russian grain production, harvested 33.162 million metric tons of wheat to Sept. 14, up 41% on the year, the news agency Prime-Tass reported Friday, citing an official with the agriculture ministry.
Wheat had been taken from 14.5 million hectares, 14% more than a year earlier.
The average yield has so far amounted to 2.29 tons per hectare, compared with 1.84 tons per hectare a year ago. Yields are up due to favorable weather conditions.
But wheat quality is inferior. By Sept. 9, the State Bread Inspectorate inspected around 25.5 million tons of wheat, finding that the share of superior milling wheat (3rd class) amounted to 27%, down from 40% a year ago. The share of all milling varieties stood at 69%.
The government expects wheat output at around 42.5 million tons, up from 34.1 million tons last year.

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