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Ukraine Farms to Face Overflowing Silos Even as Harvest Shrinks

  • Growers may have to leave some corn in fields as storage fills
  • Crops from last harvest backlogged on farms as war hit exports
Operations at the UkrTransAgro LLC Grain Terminal and the Azov Ship-Repair Factory at the Port of Mariupol
Photographer: Christopher Occhicone/Bloomberg

As Ukrainian farmers press ahead with fieldwork during the war, they’ll soon be grappling with a fresh problem: where to stash the next harvests.

Russia’s invasion began during a peak period for Ukraine’s corn exports, which has left a hefty volume of grain stuck on farms as ports closed. While some crops are still trickling out by rail and road, it will take at least 10 months to clear the current crop surplus, Kyiv-based analyst UkrAgroConsult said in a note.