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Wartime Harvest Starts in Ukraine But Silos Are Already Stuffed

Farmers are worrying about how much they’ll be able to plant next season, adding more risk for global supplies. 

Wheat Harvesting and Udon Restaurant in Japan
Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

At Oleksandr Peretiatko’s farm in central Ukraine, the harvest is just days away. In normal times, the crops would be sent off to ports on the Black Sea for export around the world. 

This year, Peretiatko’s freshly cut grain will be stuffed instead into massive polymer silo bags snaking across the 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) of farmland — because there’s nowhere else to put it.