Belarus. Heavy rainfalls stopped planting of spring crops


Due to frequent and heavy rainfalls, difficult weather conditions for carrying out field work are developing in most of Belarus.

Above-normal soil moisture content is available in most parts of Vitebsk, Minsk regions, in much of Brest region, in the northern half of Mogilev region and in the north-east of Grodno region. In cereal plantings, it reached 60-100 mm in the topsoil layer and 130-200 mm in the 50-cm layer. In the rest of the country, soil moisture supply in plantings is mostly within normal rates: the top soil layer contained 30-55 mm of productive moisture as of the measurement date.

Only in the east and south-east of Gomel region, where precipitation deficits were registered during April, cereals are still provided with satisfactory amounts of moisture: at most 18 mm in the top soil layer. Excessive soil moisture provokes development of diseases in winter crops, reports UkrAgroConsult.

In north-eastern and central parts of Belarus, the top 10-cm soil layer remains very wet that hampers field work. The worst situation for field work and spring planting persists in Vitebsk region. Moisture oversupply complicates tillage – this has slowed and even stopped spring planting.

According to the Ag Ministry of Belarus, early spring cereals and pulses were planted on an area of 854.1 Th ha as of May 3, 2017. This is 91.1% of the projected 937.9 Th ha. By the same date last year, Belarusian farmers already sowed 896.4 Th ha of spring cereals (94.8% of the plan).

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



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