Drought In Urals A Threat To Russian Agriculture

After a bumper harvest in 2008, things aren't looking quite so rosy in Russia this year, with drought and hail in the Urals grain basket wiping out large areas of crops.

As well as a lower grain harvest, farmers in the region face a serious shortage of fodder for the coming winter, according to the following article.

I think that maybe something got lost in translation here, as in it they say that the Orenburg region has lost more than 80% of cereals to the drought. That seems like an astonishingly high percentage, I suspect that they mean 80% of crops in the region were affected by drought:

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