Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova ABANDONED SPACES
Find 15 photos of abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova. The inside of the trucks and farm machinery looks even worse than the outside.
Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

The western tip of Crimea. Monumental road signs and steles bearing the names of state farms remind us that the peninsula was once an important agricultural region. Now the collective and state farms have long disintegrated and only the ruins of cowsheds, the parking of abandoned equipment at the site of the machine and tractor stations (MTS), and the aforementioned road signs remind of their existence.

Our trip to the abandoned places of Crimea did not ignore several cemeteries of agricultural machinery – parking lots of rusty, abandoned machinery, and this time I want to show you one of these places in the vicinity of the former state sovkhoz Kirovsky.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

Abandoned farm machinery stands in an open field. There is no fence, no prohibiting signs, but the cars do not represent any special value in this state. The state of technology is best described by the word scrap metal. The technique is old, still Soviet, and in recent years the agro-industrial sector in Crimea has been almost completely updated, and such rarities are practically not used. Technique rusting in the steppe is a legacy of bygone times.

Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

On the other hand, this does not negate the fact that after the collapse of the USSR, only a few collective and state farms were able to stay afloat and such parking lots with abandoned farm machinery reflect not only the events of the past seven years.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

The fact is that after 2014, the North Crimean Canal, which provided over 70% of the peninsula’s water needs, was closed. 135 thousand hectares of land in need of irrigation began to experience an acute shortage of water and part of the sown area had to be abandoned.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

The inside of the trucks and farm machinery looks even worse than the outside.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

It was in the arid regions of Crimea that I came across old, abandoned equipment most of all. This is because the transition to new farm machines here happened earlier since the old Soviet technology in the changed conditions could no longer provide the required performance.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

If you look into the cabins of the combines, it becomes obvious that there is zero sense from them – the equipment is completely disassembled and only the frame remains of it.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

The skeletons of rusty farm machinery and the “pieces of iron” scattered across the field really resemble the bones of antediluvian metal animals. A textured place, perfect for photoshoots in the post-apocalyptic style, if you wait for more suitable weather, of course.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

From the air, the site with the abandoned farm machinery looks very tiny.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

But from above, the bad state of trucks and combines is even more obvious.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

The photos were taken by the Nordskif & Co. They are photographers and explorers. The Nordskif & Co has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.

Abandoned Farm machinery in Sovkhoz Imeni Kirova
Photo: Nordskif & Co zen.yandex.ru/mytravelbook CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
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