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PLANTING UPDATE FROM UKRAINE FARMER IN THE WAR ZONE
Blog byy Kornelis 'Kees' Huizinga as it appeared on AgWeb.com. He has farmed in central Ukraine for 20 years, growing onions, carrots, wheat, barley, canola, sugar beet, corn, sunflowers and navy beans. They also have a modern dairy farm. Kees is a member of the Global Farmer Network.

On my farm in Ukraine, we are embarking on a challenging experiment: We're going to see how much food we can grow in the most overwhelming conditions imaginable.

We're living and farming in a war zone. Since the Russian invasion began in February, we've heard jets flying overhead. Last week, a fighter launched a missile that destroyed a garden in our village and the explosion rattled the windows of my house.

Luckily, no one was hurt in that attack, but everyone is nervous about what the future holds.

That includes me. Planting season is now underway. Despite the huge risks, we've decided to go into the fields, put seeds in the ground, and try to get to harvest.

We're farmers, after all, and this is what we do. If we don't plant now, we can't harvest later.

Yet this will be a year like no other. Just to survive, we'll have to show more resilience than ever before.

We know that we'll suffer from limited access to the basics of modern agriculture. We'll have to save on fuel, fertilizer, and crop protection. I could complain about all this-and in truth, I'm upset that an unjust war is forcing us to make these compromises.

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