Romania. Optimum soil moisture content for development of winter crops in most regions

13.10.2017

Cooler weather persisted in the country’s northern and central regions, where air temperatures were 2-1°С below normal.  Daytime air temperatures were within +6..+17°С throughout the week. Frost events of down to -2..-4°С occurred in North Romania on the night of October 3-4.

The 5-cm soil layer heated to +7..+20°С. This was favorable the development of winter crops, which are at the germination and emergence stages.

Heavy rainfalls occurred in the southern and central regions (35-50 mm) – their rates locally reached monthly normal values. The north received 10-15 mm of precipitation that was within its weekly normal range. Precipitation in the form of snow was observed in mountains.

These rains substantially replenished soil moisture content, which is at sufficient and optimum levels in many regions (0-20-cm layer) and contributes to normal crop development.

Soil moisture oversupply is observed locally in the south of the country. Moisture shortages are registered in small areas in the east and south-east of the country.

Corn harvest in Romania is drawing to an end. Also, planting of winter rape, barley and wheat is going on. According to farmers in the southern regions, plants of corn, rape, wheat and barley withstood the summer heat better than sunflower and soya, reports UkrAgroConsult.

More information on crop conditions and progress of planting 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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