Russia/Kazakhstan Latest

03/11/10 -- To date Russia has planted winter grains on 14.6 million hectares, according to the Ag Ministry. That's around 17% down on this time last year.

Kazakhstan meanwhile has wrapped up it's 2010 grain harvest producing a crop of 13.9 MMT, according to it's Ag Ministry. That's a decline of a third on last season's crop of 21 MMT.

Even so with sizable carryover stocks from last season the country will still be able to export 7-8 MMT this season, they add.