MOSCOW (Dow Jones) -- Spring grain planting in Russia for the 2014 harvest is slightly slower than last year due to adverse weather conditions, the agriculture ministry said late Monday.
The ministry said farmers planted spring grains to March 24 on 396,400 hectares or 0.8% of the total planned planting area, which is 47,000 hectares less than on the same date last year.
Russia plans to plant spring grains this year on 31.8 million hectares, 1.7% more than last year. The agriculture ministry aims at a grain harvest this year of 95 million metric tons.
In 2013 Russia harvested 89.3 ...