Russian Grain Exports Running At Double Last Season

Russian grain exports are running at around twice last season's pace, according to Aleksey Gordeyev, the Minister of Agriculture of Russia.

Russia exported 6.815 million metric tonnes of grain, almost all of it (6.041 million tonnes) wheat between the beginning of the current marketing year July 1 and Oct. 7, the Minister announced Tuesday.

The Ministry said it now expects this year's grain harvest total 105 million tonnes in clean weight, which would be about 23 million tonnes more than in 2007.