Belarus and Moldova. Conditions for conducting fieldwork improved

16.04.2018

Belarus. Warm weather is conductive for thawing, drying and warming of the soil. In much of Brest region and some parts of Gomel region, the top layer of light soils has become moderately wet, enabling local farmers to begin spring fieldwork. The topsoil drying is in progress in individual areas across Grodno region and in the south-west of Minsk region. Tillage, fertilization and sowing of early spring crops are already possible in the fields with dried soil.

However, the soil in most of Belarus is still heavily and excessively wet; light snow cover locally persists in the easternmost parts of Mogilev region. In the near future, dry warm weather will favor further thawing and maturing of the soil, as well as crop growth resumption.

The conditions for conducting crop care operations improved last week that allowed spring planting picking up pace.

Moldova. Warmer-than-usual, mostly dry weather dominated the country on April 2-8.

The average weekly air temperature was at +11...+13ºС, or 3-4ºС above normal. The highest and lowest air temperatures were registered at +23ºС and -2ºС, respectively.

No precipitation occurred over the week, except for at most 1-2 mm (10-20% of normal) received by single northern areas.

The weather conditions were favorable for growth and development of winter crops, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Tillering continued in winter crops throughout the week.

The conditions were fair for sowing crops. During the week, the average soil temperature at the 5-cm and 10-cm depths varied from +7 to +15ºС.

More information on crop conditions and progress in planting in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain" by UkrAgroConsult.

 

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