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Russia Grains Planting Keeps Pace
Thu Oct 24, 2013 07:51 AM CDT

MOSCOW (Dow Jones) -- Russia's winter grains planting for next year's harvest, which has lagged behind last year's pace, has gathered speed in the past two weeks and noticeably caught up with last year, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

By Oct. 23 winter grains were planted on 13.4 million hectares, or 81.9%, of the total area to be planted, which is 2.1 million hectares less than on the same date last year, the ministry said.

On Oct. 17 the difference with last year was 3 million hectares less and the week before that 4.8 million ha.

The agriculture ministry expects ...

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