Ukraine. Precipitation replenished moisture supply for grains

10.07.2018

The weather in early July was diverse over the country. The average daily air temperature in the western, Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia regions was close to or 1.0-1.7°С below normal, at 15.6-18.5°С. In the remainder of Ukraine, it was close to or 1.0-4.6°С above normal, at 19.5-24.8°С. The highest air temperature on the warmest days reached 29-34°С, even 35-39°С in the southern, eastern and Dnipropetrovsk regions. The lowest air temperature on the coldest nights was registered at 5-9°С, though being warmer, at 10-12°С, in Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.

Precipitation of various intensities, sometimes with squalls, thunderstorms and hail, occurred all over the country. On June 21-30, its rates totaled 121-200% of normal in most regions (28-58 mm), reports UkrAgroConsult.

In most areas across the northwestern half of the country, productive moisture supply in the one-meter soil layer in winter and early spring grains is sufficient (80-110 mm) and excessive (110-140 mm and more) for the grain ripening period. In many areas in the eastern half of Ukraine, the one-meter soil layer contains at most 30-70 mm of productive moisture, locally 7-25 mm.

The precipitation events exerted a beneficial influence on the overall agrometeorological situation: they stopped the long-lasting drought period in most areas, increased relative air humidity, put an end to hot winds, and replenished soil moisture. Although crops in some fields have been damaged by rain and downpours, the general conditions are now quite favorable for generating yields of late crops, particularly sunflower and corn.

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