Russia 2017 grain harvest estimated up 11% year on year

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According to the USDA, average wheat and barley yields in Russia for the 2017-18 marketing year are forecast 16% to 19% higher.
 
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – The Russian State Statistics Service estimates that the country’s total grain harvest for 2017 was 134.1 million tonnes, an increase of 11% from 2016, when 120.7 tonnes of grain were harvested.

The Service said 93.9 million tonnes were grown by farming companies, 39.2 million tonnes by commercial private farms, and 1 million tonnes by household farms.

The Ag Ministry said that as of Dec. 18, 2017, 99.1% of cereals and pulses were harvested. All of the wheat and barley had been harvested but 14% of the corn still remained in the field, it said. Therefore, the Ag Ministry said the final data on the grain crop may get adjusted upward at a later date.

In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast that Russia would produce more than 128 million tonnes of grain in the 2017-18 crop year, which would break the record of 127 million tonnes previously set in 1978.

According to the USDA, average wheat and barley yields in Russia for the 2017-18 marketing year are forecast 16% to 19% higher, respectively, than in 2016-17.

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