Business: Grain for Ivan

U.S. farmers get a lot of bread

For months U.S. satellites arching high above grainfields of the Soviet Union have been sending back disturbing reports: floods followed by drought have badly damaged the crops. Last week, in a secret meeting in London, Soviet agricultural officials conceded to their American counterparts that the U.S.S.R. is headed toward one of its most disappointing grain harvests ever—about 185 million metric tons, way down from last year's 237 million metric tons. The Soviets asked to enlarge significantly their purchases of American wheat and corn, so that they will rival in magnitude the record Russian buying of...

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