October 31, 2020

North Koreans are drying corn — and you can literally see it from outer space

Satellite images show this year’s grain drying season, which is especially important after recent typhoons and floods

After a month of floods and devastating typhoons, North Korea is now trying to reduce its losses and recover crops. Swaths of corn and other grain are now drying in the parking lots of Pyongyang’s top institutions — which can literally be seen from outer space.

Recent satellite imagery shows the grain drying in open areas, which is a common sight throughout the DPRK’s autumn months. Important institutions have long taken part in the process, and this year’s grain drying efforts are likely of particular urgency to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who emphasized the importance of this year's harvest during several recent appearances.