Useful backgrounder on the importance of Odessa from The Economist
The blockade of Ukraine’s ports is worsening world hunger .
Makes the point that, with grain elevators in Odessa already part full, the upcoming Ukrainian harvest will have nowhere to go.
The cynical part of me cannot help but wonder who is set to profit from the 53% price hike in Grain commodity prices since the Russian invasion.
When in doubt, follow the money.....
Grain as a cargo has its own ( long understood) issues. Not least inadvertent dust explosions.
Why Grain Cooling Is ImportantOnce grain is dry temperatures must be reduced as quickly as possible to avoid spoilage. The main causes of spoilage in stored grain are fungi, insects and mites. Temperatures above 15°C increase the risk of insect and mite populations developing.The HGCA Grain storage guide advises grain cooling should commence as soon as the grain comes into store.
I expect someone here has practical experience.
This^, is the really worrying aspect. If or when Russia has taken the majority of the south coast incl Odessa it has the world at its knees. Eventually, Africa and the likes will pay what Putin demands and thus feed his war machine further. If something isn't done Ukr may well be royally jacked on, unless the grain can get out by road west but the Ukrainians have other, more pressing things to deal with, so who steps in?