MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- Russia’s grain harvest in 2016 is now expected to reach 120.67 million tonnes, up from the previous estimate of 119.1 million tonnes, UkrAgroConsult said on March 7, citing the Russian Statistics Service.

According to the updated release by the Russian Statistics Service, the wheat harvest amounted to 73.295 million tonnes against the previous figure of 73.268 million tonnes and the corn harvest totaled 15.3 million tonnes, up from 13.8 million tonnes.

The harvest data on other crops in Russia did not change significantly. In total, growers harvested 17.99 million tonnes of barley, 2.5 million tonnes of rye, 4.76 million tonnes of oats, 1.08 million tonnes of rice, 1.186 million tonnes of buckwheat and 572,000 tonnes of millet (493 KMT).

UkrAgroConsult said it raised its estimate for Russia’s 2016 grain production to 119 million tonnes. In particular, the overall corn crop forecast was increased by 800,000 to 15 million tonnes and the forecast for barley was, on the contrary, cut by 400,000 to 18 million tonnes. The wheat production estimate for the country was left unchanged at 72 million tonnes.