Ukraine. Acreage of weak, sparse winter cereals decreased almost 13%


Due to abnormal warmth, plants of winter crops grew slowly in most regions, particularly in the south. They did not enter deep winter dormancy; therefore morphophysiological parameters of plants underwent natural changes: moderate increases in the size of growing points, the tillering coefficient and plant weight. Such weather conditions caused winter cereals to consume insufficiently accumulated nutrients and undermine their winter hardiness.

The general state of winter crops has not changed substantially since last week. A gradual cooling on January 8-10 and moderate frost expected in the latter half of the month will help winter crops enter dormancy and somewhat increase their hardiness, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Noteworthy is that the share of weak, sparse plantings of winter cereals has shrunk appreciably over the past month, which was abnormally warm. It equaled 14.1% on January 11, 2018 against 17.2% on December 7, 2017.



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