Russia. Crop condition in August 2018


In August, warm weather dominated the European part of Russia (up to 25…30° in the daytime), being hot (up to 32…35°) with frequent dry hot winds in the south.

At the time, the northern and central regions of the country received 45-60 mm of precipitation, locally even up to 80-100 mm and more. Scarce precipitation (3-7 mm, locally up to 15-20 mm) was registered in the Central Black-Earth and Middle Volga regions as well as in the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts. Some areas saw no rain at all, and atmospheric drought deepened to a dangerous degree there on August 11-20, reports UkrAgroConsult.

The harvest of spiked cereals progressed in most of the territory, largely in favorable conditions. Humidity of the harvested grain was close to standard in the majority of areas, though being above-standard in some northern areas.

The agrometeorological conditions were mainly fair for yield formation in late grains and arable crops, but they became unfavorable towards the end of the month. Corn was at wax ripeness, while seed ripening continued in sunflower. Soil moisture supply fell to insufficient levels in part of the fields, locally even to poor ones.

The best time for sowing winter grains for the 2019 harvest came in most of the North-Western federal district and in the northern half of the Central and Volga ones, came after August 10. The conditions were mainly favorable for planting.

In the latter half of August, farmers began harvesting late grains, in several corn, and prepared the soil for planting winter grains for the 2019 harvest.

More detailed information on the latest trends in grain exports, supply and demand balances with breakdown by crop, price behavior as well as on crop conditions and progress in harvesting/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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