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Russia captured 22% of Ukraine’s farmland

Russia captured 22% of Ukraine’s farmland

Roughly 22% of Ukraine’s farmland — including 28% of winter crops and 18% of summer crops — is under Russian control, according to NASA Harvest’s analysis. Summer crops, mainly maize and sunflower, are grown more widely in northern and western Ukraine than winter crops.

“The world’s breadbasket is at war,” said Inbal Becker-Reshef, director of NASA’s Harvest program. Before the war, Ukraine provided 46% of global sunflower oil exports, 9% of wheat exports, 17% of barley, and 12% of maize on global markets, according to data from the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service.

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