By mid-August, Russian grain harvest was lower than last year




As of August 15, Russia harvested 80.1 mln tonnes of grains and pulses, which is 3.8 mln tonnes lower y-o-y, Interfax reports with reference to data from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, the fieldwork pace still exceeds last year's – 21.8 mln ha (45.4% of the plan) were harvested as of the specified date, compared to 20.6 mln ha in 2022.

"Wheat harvest is significantly lower than last year – 61.2 mln tonnes against 67.8 mln tonnes a year earlier, which is due to lower grain yield. In general, by mid-August, wheat was harvested from 15.2 mln tonnes, which is 51.4% of the planting area. A year earlier, harvesting rates were similar (15.4 mln ha), but the yield was higher. In 2023, it will be 4.0 t/ha against 4.4 t/ha a year earlier," the report says.

The pace of barley harvesting and production, on the contrary, exceeds the indicators of 2022 – 12.2 mln tonnes were collected from 3.9 mln ha against 11.2 mln tonnes from 3.2 mln ha in 2022.

The yield of Russian rapeseed in 2023 is higher than last year and as of August 15 totaled 2.94 t/ha against 2.82 t/ha in 2022. The production of the oilseed is estimated at 1.3 mln tonnes, which are collected from 21.4% of the planned area.