NEWS
Tue Jul 9, 2013 08:19 AM CDT

MOSCOW (Dow Jones) -- Russia's farm minister on Tuesday raised the prospect of a smaller grain harvest this year than projected because of bad weather, but stuck to his forecast of 95 million tons.

Nikolai Fyodorov also told Interfax that he expects the country to export 20 million tons of grain, as previously forecast.

However, Russian regions began this year's grain harvest 10 days earlier than last year, with yields considerably higher than last year, the agriculture ministry said late Monday.

The ministry said grain was harvested to July 8 on 4.5 million hectares, or 6.5% of the total area ...

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