MOSCOW: A Russian government-linked think-tank considers the quality of soft wheat this season to be quite high, while some other industry experts and the Ministry of Agriculture say it is still lower than last year.
As of July 12, wheat harvesting was progressing at the slowest pace since 2016, SovEcon news agency reported: at 7.3 million tons from 1.9 million hectares comparing to 12.6 million tons from 3.0 million hectares a year earlier. “The quality of soft wheat this season is at a fairly high, decent level,” said Inna Zaichenko, first deputy director of the Grain Quality Assessment Center, speaking at an industry conference “Where the margin is 2023”.
The Russian Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday that more than 21 million tons of grain had been threshed in 35 regions during the harvesting campaign. It confirmed the forecast of grain harvest of at least 123 million tons and exports of about 55 million tons.