Russia. Conditions for conducting spring fieldwork were favorable

15.05.2018

Warm weather persisted in the Central, Volga federal districts and in the west of the North-Western district on May 1-10. Air temperature peaked at +18…29°C in most areas.

The soil warming and drying processes picked up pace. The average soil temperature at the 10-cm depth increased to +8…12°C. The agrometeorological conditions were mostly favorable for spring planting. Local rains fell during 1-3 days of this period. Precipitation rates on May 1-10 totaled 5-15 mm, locally up to 20-30 mm.

Winter cereals were at the tillering stage in northern areas, being at the beginning of stem elongation in the south of the Central district and the south-west of the Volga district. Crops are mostly well supplied with moisture. Spring barley has already emerged where seeded in the latter half of April, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Warm, mostly dry weather persisted in the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts. The average daily air temperature was 3-6°C above normal. Precipitation amounted largely to less than 10 mm over the ten days.

Over the past ten days, sunflower and corn emerged; they are even at the leaf formation stage in early-seeded fields.

In some parts of Rostov and Stavropol regions, where the topsoil was somewhat dried due to precipitation shortages, low humidity, and high air temperatures, the conditions were unfavorable for germination and emergence of late crops. Rainfalls improved the conditions for initial development of spring cereals. Stem growth continued in winter cereals in most fields across the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts.

The agrometeorological conditions were mainly favorable for growth and development of winter crops. Crops enjoy good moisture supply, though it is inadequate in some areas.

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

 

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