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Russia's Krasnodar region reports record winter grain crop

MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Russia's southern region of Krasnodar has harvested a slightly bigger winter grains crop than the record high achieved last year, the regional agriculture ministry said on Monday.

Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, will downgrade its forecast for grain exports in the 2022/23 July-June season if its harvest fails to reach the targeted 130 million tonnes, the agriculture ministry said last week.

Farmers in the Krasnodar region harvested 12.4 million tonnes of winter grains by bunker weight before drying and cleaning, including 10.7 million tonnes of winter wheat, the regional ministry said on social media.

"Such a harvest has never been seen before," it added.

The crop is 8 tonnes higher than the bunker weight in 2021.

This year's crop was produced despite difficult weather conditions, the ministry said, citing dry weather, heavy rain and hail.

The export-focused Krasnodar region mainly produces winter grains, which typically bring higher yields and are less dependent on weather than spring grains. (Reporting by Reuters Editing by David Goodman)

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