Russia. 95% of winter crops are in good and fair condition


95% of winter crops are in good and fair condition in Russia. However, the portion of winter crops in good condition is smaller than in 2016, said the head of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center.

According to estimates of the Center’s experts, 5% of plantings are in poor condition, i.e. they are sparse or even not emerged yet. 95% are mostly in good or fair condition. This is a high percentage because, on average, a bit more than 8% of Russian plantings have been in poor condition over the last five years. However, winter crops in poor condition accounted just for 3% last year.

The Hydrometeorological Center of Russia points out that precipitation in the fall of 2017 was insufficient for repeating the excellent results of 2016. Its rates only appeared to be enough for planting in the latter half of October and early November. Nevertheless, normal growth of winter crops requires enough moisture in deeper soil layers, too.

17.12 Ml ha was seeded to winter crops in 2017, or 200 Th ha less than last year, reports UkrAgroConsult.

More information on crop conditions and progress of harvesting/planting campaign in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain" by UkrAgroConsult.



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