Russia. Frost events partially damaged corn seedlings


In the past 10 days, the weather was persistently colder than usual in most areas of the European part of Russia. It became much warmer in most areas after May 18 – air temperatures were closing to their usual level. Over the 10 days, precipitation amounted to 15-20 mm in most areas, locally up to 25-30 mm, though it totaled just 5-10 mm in parts of the North-Western and Volga federal districts.

The weather conditions were primarily satisfactory for spring planting, reports UkrAgroConsult. They deteriorated due to topsoil freezing at the beginning of the period and because of rainfalls and topsoil waterlogging around May 15. The planting pace in the non-black earth regions lags far behind last year. On May 11-20, spring crops emerged in the fields planted in late April and early May.

In some areas in the central black earth regions, frost events partially damaged seedlings of sugar beet, corn, buckwheat, sunflower, soya and rape. In early-seeded areas, these crops already developed and expanded leaves. Stem growth continued in winter cereals. Plants grew with below-normal heat supply for most days of the reviewed period. Moisture supply is primarily good, being satisfactory in some areas of the central black earth regions due to precipitation shortages on May 1-10.

Almost everywhere, planting of early spring cereals, corn and sugar beet drew to an end, while farmers continued planting sunflower, soya, rape potatoes and vegetables. The weather conditions were favorable for carrying out spring field work on most days; they were only complicated by rainfalls and topsoil waterlogging for 3-5 days. Leaf formation is observed in sugar beet, sunflower and corn of earlier planting terms. In part of the fields, heavy downpours and hails damaged winter wheat stems and heads, as well as flowers and the first pods in winter rape.

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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