Bulgaria and Romania. Weather conditions are favorable for spring grain crops sowing


BULGARIA. Weather conditions over the past few weeks were favorable for the further sowing of spring crops in Bulgaria, reports UkrAgroConsult.

274.1 Th ha had been sown to grain corn by April 26, 2018, 19% less than it was sown on the same date last year (339.6 thousand hectares were sown). Spring barley was planted on 2.0 Th ha (2.9 Th ha in 2017), feed peas on 24.3 Th ha (25.8 Th ha), and oats on 6.0 Th ha (9.3 Th ha).

According to the latest updates, 2018 harvest areas of winter crops will total 1261.6 Th ha, including 1138.5 Th ha of winter wheat (up 4% from 1096.4 Th ha in MY 2016/17), 115.8 Th ha of winter barley (down 11% from last season’s 129.7 Th ha), and 6.9 Th ha of winter rye (up 10% from last season’s 6.2 Th ha). 

ROMANIA. High air temperatures persisted in Romania throughout this past week. They were 6-9°С above the multi-year average, even 12°С above the average in the north.

At the time, daytime air temperature varied within a range of +15..+28°С, reaching +32°С in the south-west on May 4. Precipitation occurred locally in the west and south-west (5-15 mm over the week). No precipitation was seen in the rest of the country – this helped farmers pick up the pace of planting.

Moisture supply is at fair and optimum levels in all the growing regions, but the lack of precipitation and high air temperatures cause rapid evaporation of soil moisture. The soil moisture content is dwindling dramatically in the northeastern and central regions of Romania, where soil drought is developing now. 

Winter crops are mostly in good condition. Winter rape has come to the blooming stage everywhere, even to the pod formation stage in the south. Winter barley and wheat are at the ear formation stage. Sunflower and corn plants are at emergence.

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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