Belarus. Large-scale planting of spring crops started


Unusually warm weather in mid-April promoted further maturity of the soil. The area of fields with moderately wet topsoil has expanded appreciably in the north-east of Belarus. This allowed farmers in Vitebsk and Mogilev regions to start tillage, large-scale planting of early spring crops and care of winter crops, reports UkrAgroConsult.

The average soil temperature at the 10 cm depth is mostly at +9 ... +14ºС that is favorable for germination of spring grains. However, due to precipitation shortages, single weather stations in the west of the country already report poor moisture content in the 10-cm top layer in light soils. The soil is still too water-saturated in some parts of Vitebsk and Mogilev regions, as well as in the north-east of Minsk region.

A route survey of winter crops was conducted in Brest and Gomel regions. Its results indicate that winter cereals survived the winter safely in Brest region: 95% of surveyed crops there were rated good and just 5% fair. In Gomel region, 62% of surveyed winter cereals were in good condition, while the rest were rated mostly fair. Poor winter crops accounted for 2% of surveyed areas.

No substantial weather changes able to affect fieldwork progress are predicted in the coming days. Expected occasional rains are unlikely to slow down field operations for the most part.

Spring fieldwork progress in Bulgaria is still behind last year, UkrAgroConsult’s analysts report. 616.4 Th ha was seeded to early spring cereals and pulses (60.5% of the plan) against 818.6 Th ha at the same time in 2017 (87.3%).

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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