SOVIET UNION: Behind the Current Russian Grain Woes

To inspire an extra effort down on the Kochenevsky state farm, the Communist Party has created a new title, "Hero of Threshing," which will be awarded for outstanding performance. Riding atop their huge Niva combines, Soviet farmers last week were rushing to harvest the grain crop, and from the Ukraine to Siberia, extra trucks were being pressed into service to speed the wheat, corn, rye and barley to storage areas before fall rains cause spoilage. Despite the frantic efforts, the Soviet harvest is expected to fall at least 25 to 30 million tons short of this year's goal of...

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