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War in Ukraine Risks Shrinking Country’s Vital Harvests by Half, Satellite Data Show

  • Maxar says images signal corn output could drop more than 50%
  • The war has made it harder to plant crops and hit exports
A satellite image shows fields peppered with artillery craters near Slovyansk, Ukraine, on June 6.
A satellite image shows fields peppered with artillery craters near Slovyansk, Ukraine, on June 6.Source: Maxar Technologies

Satellite views of Ukraine’s vast farmland show some of the country’s key upcoming harvests could be halved by the war.

The weather division of Maxar Technologies Inc. used images taken from space, coupled with vegetation-health indexes, to examine the toll the war is taking on Ukraine’s agriculture sector. The findings point to a 30% drop in the spring-crop area, which could cut corn output by more than 50% and sunflower production by 40% from last year, it said in a report posted Thursday.