Bleaker Harvest

Moscow's shortfall

The normally stoic citizens of the Soviet Union may be facing a long winter of food shortages. Estimates of the size of this year's harvest in the U.S.S.R. are falling almost as fast as the temperature on the Siberian tundra. Less than a month ago, American experts predicted 180 million metric tons of grain, which would be 5% less than last year's production and 24% lower than 1978's record harvest.

Now nervous Soviet grain traders are saying that the yield may plunge to a calamitous 170 million tons, or 28% less than the 236 million-ton goal set forth in the current...

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