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Russia Crop Recovers

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Russia harvested 64.6 million tonnes of grain by bunker weight by Sept. 1, up from 43.3 million tonnes a year ago and 64.4 million tonnes by the same date in 2009, Agriculture Ministry data showed Sept. 5. Grain had been harvested from 24.8 million hectares, or 56.3 per cent of the harvesting area of 44.1 million hectares, the ministry said in a statement. The country officially expects to harvest 85-90 million tonnes of grain this year by clean weight, up from 61 million in 2010, but down from 97 million in 2009. However, some analysts believe the crop may reach 92 million tonnes this year. Reuters

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