Ukraine. Precipitation favored development of winter crops

03.07.2018

The last ten days of June featured comparatively contrasting air temperatures. Thundery downpours occurred almost all over the country, except for some southern and eastern areas. Their precipitation rates were unevenly distributed, ranging from 3.5 mm to 240 mm.

These downpours replenished soil moisture supply and eased the effect of previous droughts on late spring crops. At the same time, they also benefited grain filling in winter wheat of mid-late and late varieties, especially in fields with optimal fertilization and crop care. At the same time, this precipitation may deteriorate the grain quality in already fully ripe winter wheat varieties, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Winter grains are already wax ripe in most of the country. Winter wheat and winter barley at the stage of full grain ripeness were seen in Odesa, Kherson, Mykolaiv regions and in southern parts of Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions. This was two or three weeks ahead of the long-term average time.

Winter rapeseed was still at the stage of seed ripening; its harvesting has started in the south.

Corn is mainly in good condition. The substantial air temperature decrease slowed down growth and development processes in this crop. Daytime drooping of plants was seen locally in the north-western, central and southern regions.

Soya plants were mostly at the start of flowering. Their condition is overwhelmingly good.

Massive heading was observed in sunflower, even its flowering has started in single southern fields. Daytime drooping of plants was reported in some southern areas, as well as yellowing of lower-tier leaves and diseased plants.

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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