Moldova. The conditions favorable for survival of winter crops


Warmer-than-usual weather with precipitation shortages dominated the country from December 21-31. Precipitation rates across Moldova totaled 2-6 mm (15-55% of normal) at the time. Throughout this period, snow cover only lay in isolated northern and central areas. Its maximum height reached 7 cm.

Winter crops were dormant in this ten-day period, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Soil temperature at the tillering node depth (3 cm) in winter crop plantings bottomed out at -1..-4°C at the time, i.e. far above killing values (-15°C).

Snow cover in winter crops was gone in most of the country towards the end of December; its height was no higher than 1 cm in some fields. As of December 31, the soil was frozen to a depth of 2-11 cm in most of Moldova.

More information on crop conditions and progress in harvesting/seeding 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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