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The Ministry say that the rapeseed harvest will amount to 1.5 MMT this season, down almost 17% on last year. They've already harvested 75% of the planted area, gathering 1.1 MMT so far, they say.

The heavy rains that have dogged the harvest may cause some wheat quality downgrades in some areas, they add.

The Ministry have set a 2010/11 revised export target of 16 MMT, including 6.7 MMT of wheat (-27% on 2009/10), 5 MMT of corn and 3.7 MMT of barley. Sixteen million would be down 23% on last season and 35% lower than the "boom" year of 2008/09.