Romania. Snow may reduce yield potential of winter rape


The weather became colder all over the country last week. Air temperature varied within a range of +2..+11°C in the daytime. In the north and central parts of the country it dropped to -11°C overnight into April 20. Precipitation in the form of rain and sleet was registered in the north, northern-east and south. In the northern-east, the weekly precipitation rate reached 65-70 mm that is far above normal. Up to 25-35 mm fell in the rest of the country.

The recent precipitation replenished soil moisture content in winter cereal plantings. The topsoil warmed up to 5-16°C and cereal crops are already developed enough to survive low temperatures. It became warm again all over Romania early this week.

However, snow and low temperatures may have an adverse impact on winter rape crops, particularly in the fields where plants have proceeded to blooming. Plants at the initial stage of blooming are able to regenerate and form new flower buds, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Winter barley and wheat are at stem elongation. Winter rape is at the stages of budding and blooming. Spring crops – sunflower and corn – have proceeded to the seedling stage. Spring crops are developing slowly in regions that were exposed to sharp cold spells and are still short of soil moisture supply.

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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