Romania. Crops development and weather impact

08.12.2016

Unusually low temperatures (2-4ºC below long-term normals) were observed in the west and north-west of Romania. However, above-normal temperatures were reported in the south of the country (2ºC). Their average varied within -8..+5ºC. Maximum temperature hit +9ºC, while the lowest one went down to -15ºC at night in the north.

Precipitation in the form of snow occurred in the north where the ground is covered with 1-25 cm of snow, even up to 50 cm in some fields. In the north-west, precipitation was primarily in the form of sleet with its weekly rates reaching 15-25 mm. Almost no precipitation was registered in the south-east, in the Danube Delta region.

Soil moisture in winter crops (0-50 cm soil layer) is at adequate and optimal levels all over the country except for the southern region of Dobruja.

According to UkrAgroConsult data, winter wheat and barley in the northern areas are dormant at the three-leaf and tillering stages. Weak growth is reported in the south. Rape plants have developed rosettes of 7 to 14 leaves.

Some farmers in the north report smaller-than-planned plantings (mostly of wheat and barley) due to longer than usual sowing campaign. Fieldwork was suspended in some regions in September and early October due to a lack of rainfalls followed by excessive precipitation. Some fields were seeded after the optimal period and this may have a negative impact on yields.

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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