The Inside Story From Ukraine

02/02/12 -- Are things really so bad that they may need to replant as much as 50% of their winter crops in the spring? I asked my agronomy mate over there, who apart from being a rabid Kopite is actually a really nice bloke, and this is what he came back with:

"It was a very dry autumn - we didn't see any rain in Sep, Oct and Nov - which will have done more damage than the current cold period. There is plenty of snow about to protect plants but many of those plants are very small and will struggle to put much growth on come the spring.

"To put a figure on it I am anticipating 20% replanting come the thaw."