Belarus. Winter barley and wheat crops are mostly in good condition


The short cold spell that occurred in the first third of February posed no threat to dormant crops. The depth of snow cover was sufficient in most parts of Belarus, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Soil temperature at the depth of cereals’ tillering node did not drop to dangerous values. In many parts of Minsk, Grodno, Mogilev regions and in the western half of Gomel region the soil remains weakly frozen. In the rest of the country the soil freezing depth varies from 10 cm to 30 cm, only reaching 35-52 cm in the north-west and north-east of the country. Ice crust is observed in isolated fields in the west of Vitebsk region, but it is thin. Increased temperatures will shortly begin destroying snow cover in the fields. The meteorological developments will be satisfactory for winter crops.

The average air temperature varied within -5..+7 ºC. In the north-east of the country, night temperatures dropped to -16ºC, but this posed no threat to winter crops owing to sufficient snow cover. Soil freezing above critical values (-15ºC) was locally observed in the central and western regions.

Above-zero temperatures provoked gradual melting of snow cover in the south of the country. In addition, weak growth of winter crops was seen in these regions. No considerable precipitation occurred in Romania over the week.

Winter barley and wheat crops are mostly in good condition. Winter rape is in fair condition, being poor in some fields.

More information on crop conditions 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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