NEWS
Mon Oct 21, 2013 08:34 AM CDT

MOSCOW (Dow Jones) -- Russia's grain exports between July 1, the beginning of the current marketing year, and Oct. 16, totaled 9.97 million metric tons, 7% more than in the corresponding period last year, the federal statistics service said Monday.

The statistics service said grain exports during Oct. 10-Oct. 16 totaled 1.07 million tons, including 832,000 tons of wheat, 153,000 tons of barley, 75,000 tons of corn and 8,000 tons of other minor grains.

The agriculture ministry expects this year's grain harvest to rise to 88-90 million tons from 71.7 million tons in 2012 when crops were damaged by drought.

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