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· Germany says working with Poland, Romania on freeing stuck Ukrainian grain
runs gauntlet to haul Ukrainian grain
· Top EU diplomat: Russia holding up Ukrainian grain is a 'real war crime'
Ukraine soon to receive first temporary storage for 2022 grain
· How much of Ukraine’s crop will be marketable?
Germany says working with Poland, Romania on freeing stuck Ukrainian grain
via Yahoo Finance - June 20, 202
BRUSSELS, June 20 (Reuters) - Germany supports Poland and Romania in adapting their railways to enable the export of millions of tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine due to a Russian sea blockade, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday.
"The railway tracks need to be modernized, we need the right cargo wagons - the German government is working on this with many other actors," she said as she arrived for a meeting with her European Union counterparts in Luxembourg.
"It is clear that, in the end, we will certainly not be able to get out all grain but if we even just manage to free part of it, on various routes, then this will help as we are facing this global challenge." (Reporting by Sabine Siebold, editing by Robin Emmott)
Trucker runs gauntlet to haul Ukrainian grain
Chris McCullough For Agri-View
AgUpdate - June 20, 2022
ADutch trucker has started hauling grain out of Ukraine that was sold to a customer in the European Union. But he says customs checks at the Polish border are extremely slow and difficult.
Gerjan Wielink runs his own agriculture trading and transport company at Dronten in The Netherlands and is just back from another journey to Ukraine. Right after the Russians invaded Ukraine he decided to volunteer his services and his trucks to transport humanitarian aid – mainly food – to various towns and cities desperate for help.
Wielink, along with two of his other drivers, have just completed their fourth trip to Ukraine. They’ve clocked more than 2,800 miles each, delivering food into the war-torn cities of Kharkiv, Odesa and Mykolaiv.
But this latest time the convoy ventured southwest on the return journey to pick up loads of grain in Cherkasy, about 125 miles south of Kyiv – grain that had been sold in The Netherlands. Wielink has planned more similar trips but he said there are many challenges to the trips – including slow border checks, language barriers and limited supplies of diesel.
“We have been over in Ukraine four times now delivering food and built up a good relationship with the border guards, but crossing can take a long time,” he said. “Normally we cross the border entering from Lviv in Ukraine, where local truck drivers are waiting for up to five days to cross. But we usually can pass the kilometers of queues as we are on humanitarian runs.”
Using special trailers with walking floors, Wielink and his team were able to transport pallets and boxes of food to the besieged cities. They could then load up with loose barley on the return leg. The walking floors make it easy to unload the grain at its final destination.
“The walking-floor trailers were perfect to transport the humanitarian aid out and collect the grain on the way back,” Wielink said.
The three trucks collected 22 tonnes each of barley at the farm of Kees Huizinga and successfully delivered it to the customer in The Netherlands – but needed to wait 27 hours at the border crossing...
Top EU diplomat: Russia holding up Ukrainian grain is a 'real war crime'
by Mike Brest, Washington Examiner
June 20, 2022
Russia is committing a "real war crime" by blocking grain exports from Ukraine, as this has prevented millions of tons from getting out of the country, according to a top European Union official.
Ukraine, the world's largest exporter of sunflower oil, fourth largest of corn, and fifth largest of wheat, has been unable to ship agricultural products since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion because of a Russian blockade of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Russia's refusal to allow the ports to operate in the country unencumbered has raised concerns about a growing hunger crisis around the world.
"One cannot imagine that millions of tons of wheat remain blocked in Ukraine, while in the rest of the world, people are suffering hunger," High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday, as he arrived for a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. "This is a real war crime."
"The problem comes from the Russian blockade of Ukrainian grain," he added, addressing a long-standing denial from Russian leaders that the war is responsible for the blockades...
Ukraine soon to receive first temporary storage for 2022 grain harvest
via Investing.com - Jun 20, 2022
KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine, which faces a shortage of storage facilities for the 2022 grain crop due to the Russian invasion, will soon receive the first temporary storages from abroad, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.
Ukraine's agriculture minister told Reuters earlier in an interview that in the autumn when the corn harvest is over, the shortage of storage capacity could reach up to 15 million tonnes.
"The ministry ... has appealed to the governments of the United States, Canada, UK and the EU to provide Ukraine with temporary storage facilities. Preliminary results are: the first batch is already sailing to Ukraine," the ministry said...
How much of Ukraine’s crop will be marketable?
Sue Roesler, Farm&Ranch
AgUpdate - June 20, 2022
Ukraine’s planted acreage is down about 30 percent this year, which includes losses in the area due to mine fields, according to estimates from USDA.
“One of the issues the U.S. is really struggling with is how big of a reduction in grain production Ukraine will have in 2022,” said Frayne Olson, grain marketing economist at North Dakota State University.
Those fields are unworkable because of bomb craters or debris fields, and they can’t be planted due to lack of seed and labor.
“Seed and the labor to put the crop in are two of the areas that are in short supply right now,” Olson said.
The Ukrainian ministry of agriculture has made an estimate that the fuel availability is about 82 percent of normal.
“Fuel supplies are relatively tight mainly because of the war and the war effort, and a lot of the fuel is being diverted to the military actions,” he said.
The USDA is looking at yield estimates similar to 2020.
“Most of the thought process is the reduction in production will primarily come from a loss in planted area, not necessarily a loss in yield and yield potential,” Olson said.
As the growing season proceeds and there’s a better idea of what the weather will be, the estimates will be changed and updated.
Looking at projected export levels, Olson said...