Fact check: Video shows a wheat field fire in Michigan, not Ukraine




  • In Business
  • 2022-08-13 01:47:58Z
  • By USA TODAY

The claim: Video shows crop field in Ukraine under fire from Russian troops

Amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine's agricultural sites, some social media users have shared a video purportedly showing a crop field on fire in Ukraine.

An aerial view of the footage shows combine harvesters moving through the burning field. "Ukrainian farmers harvest crops under the fire of Russian troops," reads an Aug. 2 Facebook post.

The post garnered over 2,000 views within one week. Other versions of the claim have been shared on Facebook.

But the video is unrelated to Russia's ongoing attack on Ukraine.

The video was captured in Michigan and uploaded to YouTube in July. The footage shows a burning wheat field in Crystal Township, the Montcalm County Fire Department told USA TODAY.

USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook users who shared the claim for comment.

An aerial picture taken on July 21, 2022, shows a combine harvester in a wheat field near Mykolaiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
An aerial picture taken on July 21, 2022, shows a combine harvester in a wheat field near Mykolaiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  

Fire occurred in Michigan

Steve VanHolstyn, a firefighter for Montcalm County, said in an email exchange with USA TODAY that the clip was filmed in the Crystal Township, Michigan between Crystal Road and Spencer Road.

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The footage in the post was shot by a man identifying himself online as Larry Johnston, who uploaded the clip to YouTube on July 18.

"A fire started while the farmers were harvesting this years wheat crop. There were no injuries or loss of farm equipment," according to the video's caption.

Johnston also claimed ownership of the video on Facebook.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that a video shows a crop field in Ukraine under fire from Russian troops. The video shows a burning wheat field in Montcalm County, Michigan, according to the county fire department.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Video shows a wheat field fire in Michigan, not Ukraine

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