The State Marketing Company say that Kazakhstan will produce 14.5-15 MMT of grains this year, of which 11.9 MMT will be wheat. Their wheat estimate is a little higher than the USDA's recently revised 11.5 MMT number.

Unfortunately we are unable to get confirmation from "Stan" our own man on the ground, who appears to have gone AWOL, enforced to marry a yak in a shotgun wedding by all accounts. "She told me she was sixteen guv, honest."