Tue May 27, 2014 06:22 AM CDT

MOSCOW (Dow Jones) -- Spring grain planting in Russia for this year's harvest is ahead of last year's pace because of better weather conditions, the agriculture ministry said Monday.

The ministry said farmers planted spring grains to May 23 on 24.4 million hectares, 76.5% of the planned total area, which is 3.7 million hectares more than on the same date last year.

Spring wheat was planted to date on 9.3 million hectares, or 70.6% of the planned total spring wheat planted area, which is 2.7 million hectares more than a year ago. Spring barley was planted on 7.5 million hectares, ...

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