The Soviet Union announced a record grain harvest but admitted it cannot pry the goods from the farmers for worthless rubles in the bumper crop that has turned to chaos in the midst of plenty.

The Soviet government newspaper Izvestia said Monday the 1990 harvest was 240 million tons, eclipsing the record 237.4 million of 1978, but that the state was able to buy only 65.8 million tons of it.Not only was the state able to buy only 25 percent of the crop, but the farmers were even slow in honoring those deliveries, fulfilling 86 percent of the small amount they had consented to sell to the state, Izvestia said.