Romania and Moldova: increased air temperatures and precipitation deficit


ROMANIA. As before, increased air temperatures (4-6°С above multi-year normals) dominated the entire country. The average air temperature varied within +17..+27°С throughout the week. The mercury rose above +34°С on the Bulgarian border on June 9.

Precipitation occurred everywhere (20-35 mm over the week) that was favorable for crops. Its rates reached monthly normal in the west (50 mm). Moderate and severe soil drought (0-100 cm layer) persists in the north-east and south-east of Romania, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Winter barley and wheat are at the flowering and milk ripeness stages. Wax ripeness is reported in some southern areas. Winter rape has entered the stage of seed formation everywhere, being technically ripe in spots across the south.

Corn plants continue developing their leaf apparatus, having already 6-16 leaves each. Sunflower is at the budding stage.

MOLDOVA. It was warmer than usual in Moldova on June 4-10; most of the country was exposed to a substantial precipitation deficit. The average weekly air temperature was mainly 3-4.0ºС above normal, at +21...+23ºС – this occurs once in 3-7 years.

55% of the country received a total 1-11 mm of precipitation (5-60% of normal). Other 20% got 12-21 mm (80-105% of normal).

Increased air temperatures and precipitation deficits seen over the week created unfavorable conditions for crop growth and development. In the daytime, heat and dryness led to drooping of plants, drying of the leaves and further drying of the soil.

Winter crops were still at milk ripeness, but wax ripeness already started in some fields.

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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