MOSCOW (Dow Jones) -- Russia's grain growing regions began this year's harvest with higher yields due to better weather conditions though the total harvested area is smaller, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry said 81.3 million metric tons of grain was harvested to Oct. 7 on 36.6 million hectares, or 83% of the total area. Last year the area was 0.1 million hectares more and 68 million tons was harvested.
The average yield to date is 2.22 tons per hectare compared with 1.85 tons/ha on the same date last year.
The agriculture ministry expects this year's grain harvest to ...