Ukraine. Drought conditions adversely affected late spring crops at the end of their growing


Hot weather has been persisting in Ukraine since August 20. Moreover, it is absolutely dry in the eastern half of the country. Most regions received no effective precipitation on August 11-23, or its rates equaled at most 1-8 mm.

According to data of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center as of August 20, productive topsoil moisture content in the fields intended for sowing winter crops was insufficient (11-20 mm) and poor (1-10 mm) in most regions (except for the south, where soil moisture will be measured towards September 10). In single parts of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Poltava regions, the soil was absolutely dry. The rain-free weather over the past two weeks, persistently high air temperatures and soil drought adversely affected late crops at the end of their growing season as well as soil preparation for sowing winter crops for next year.

Corn is at the stages of milk-wax to full ripeness. Plant condition is good and fair. Due to dryness and soil moisture deficits, plants in southern and south-eastern areas are generally too small and low irrespective of the hybrids’ origin and maturity group. Moreover, elevated air temperatures and short moisture supply have resulted in incomplete fertilization of the cobs and a smaller number and weight of kernels, reports UkrAgroConsult.

According to the Irrigated Farming Institute, sunflower is at harvest ripeness and its harvesting has begun in spots. The plants are mostly in good condition, though locally rated fair. Soybean plants are at the first stage of ripening; their condition is fair.

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