Adverse weather slowed planting in Ukraine
Severe cold came to Ukraine early this week. Due to an intrusion of arctic air, night air temperatures dropped to subzero values, even snowfalls occurred in the eastern regions. The cold weather is expected to persist within the coming several days, on April 20-22, with night temperature falls to -5°C in the air and -3-8°C on the ground surface. Rain with sleet is expected in the southern, eastern and most of the central regions, heavy rains in some areas. Noteworthy, snow cover of 2-3 cm to 24-29 cm is observed in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions on April 19.
Because of the deterioration of weather conditions, planting of spring cereals in Ukraine slowed down again, UkrAgroConsult notes. Early spring cereals and pulses had been sown on 2228 Th ha by April 18 – this is 3.5% less than at the same time last year.
Barley planting lags behind substantially – by 13%. This crop has been sown on 1508 Th ha against 1730 Th ha in 2016. Planting of spring wheat lags behind slightly: 155 Th ha planted to date against 156 Th ha in 2016. Only pea planted area is now much larger than in 2016 (up 71%): it already reaches 372 Th ha.
The greatest attention is now focused on planting of corn. This crop in Ukraine was seeded on 341 Th ha as of the reporting date that is more than two and a half times less than last year (907 Th ha). The weather deterioration may disrupt the Ag Ministry’s planting plan (4507 Th ha).
More information on crop conditions and seeding campaign in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain & Oil" by UkrAgroConsult.