Russia. Soil drought persisting in the south

13.06.2018

Cool weather continued dominating most of Russia on June 1-10. Growing plants were exposed to a decreased degree of heat supply – this particularly concerns heat-loving ones. Precipitation rates totaled 15 to 30 mm in most areas at the time. The agrometeorological conditions in most regions were good for completing fieldwork, though rain impeded planting on some days. Due to the heat deficit, the conditions were largely fair for germination and emergence of spring crops.

In the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts, warm and hot weather persisted during most days on June 1-10. The majority of areas there received little precipitation (1-5 mm), and the topsoil dried in some fields in Rostov, Krasnodar and Stavropol regions. This made it more difficult for late crops to sprout, grow and develop, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Due to scarce precipitation, some fields in Rostov, Volgograd, Krasnodar, and Stavropol regions had fair moisture supply, locally even poor one. A soil drought persisted in some parts of the Southern federal district, where the one-meter soil layer had low content of productive moisture (less than 50 mm). Winter wheat and spring barley are in poor condition there, drought-damaged plants are spotted in some fields.

Grain harvesting started in the South Russia. Krasnodar is one of the first regions to start harvesting campaign. Due to warm spring and early-summer weather that caused drought occurrences, this year’s harvesting started two weeks earlier. Grain harvesting is under way in the region now.

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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