Moldova. High air temperatures accelerated growth and development of winter crops and early spring crops


Abnormally warm weather dominated the country on April 16-22. The average weekly air temperature was at +15...+16ºС, i.e. 4-6ºС above normal. The highest air temperature reached +26ºС, and the lowest one dropped to +3ºС. Frost of down to -2°С locally occurred at 2 cm above the ground surface on April 21. No precipitation was seen during the week, except for at most 1-2 mm (10-20% of normal) registered in some northern areas.

The increased level of air temperatures observed throughout the week promoted faster growth and development of winter crops, early spring crops and perennial plantations, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Winter crops were mostly at the stem elongation stage, locally still remaining at the tillering stage. Plant height equaled 15-30 cm.

As of April 18, the topsoil in winter crop fields contained 5-15 mm of productive moisture (15-50% of normal) in 60% of Moldova and 20-30 mm (75-110% of normal) in the rest of the country. The one-meter soil moisture content was 90-175 mm (75-130% of normal).

Corn sowing continued in the country. The abundance of warmth and the absence of precipitation contributed to intensive moisture evaporation from the topsoil – this deteriorated conditions for sowing late spring and industrial crops. The average soil temperature at 5 cm and 10 cm depths varied from +14ºC to +18ºС over the week.

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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