The Nixon Administration's eagerness to help U.S. maritime industries (TIME, Oct. 23) has led to an unforeseen irony: it is contributing to a massive jam-up at U.S. ports of wheat destined for Russia. Only about 10% of the 400 million bushels of wheat scheduled to be sent to the Soviet Union by next June have left the U.S. Some 27 million bushels of grain are crammed into storage elevators in Houston alone, waiting for ships to carry them off.

Lining up ships to haul so much grain so quickly would have been difficult in any case. But the problem has...

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