Romania. Farmers began sowing early cold-resistant crops

24.03.2017

Above-normal temperatures were registered in the west of the country (up 2..4ºC from the long-term average for this time). The average weekly air temperature varied within +4..+15ºC during the week. The highest temperature reached +20ºC in the south and the lowest one hit -10ºC in the north at night.

Light rains were seen everywhere during the week under review, amounting to a weekly total of 5-15 mm. The south of Romania received enough precipitation (some 25-35 mm). At the same time, in view of higher temperatures, soil moisture reserves (0-100 cm horizon) continue exhausting in the western and central parts of the country. April precipitation is forecast to be above the long-term average, therefore it will replenish productive moisture supply.

Winter cereals are at the three-leaf and tillering stages. Stem elongation is observed in some western areas due to high temperatures, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Winter rape plants have developed rosettes of 7-14 leaves. This crop is already at the stem extension stage in the southern and eastern regions.

The 5-cm soil layer warmed to +5-15ºC. This facilitated soil preparation for spring planting. Romanian farmers have begun sowing early cold-resistant crops such as peas and alfalfa.

More information on crop conditions 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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