Ukraine. Precipitation replenished soil moisture content


The weather after September 20 was moderately warm. Downpours occurred in some regions, locally with hail. Precipitation of various intensities was seen all over the west of Ukraine throughout the week. Its rates averaged 28 mm in the western region. In the southern regions, the air humidity deficit averaged 6.2 mm against normal 7.1 mm, the average relative air humidity was within 68-85%.

In Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil regions, precipitation rates ranged from 8 to 57 mm. Also, 17.2 mm of precipitation was registered in the central regions. The average air humidity was 60.4%. In the southern regions the one-meter soil layer has actually dried up over the week because of no rain there. According to the Yuryev Plant Production Institute (Kharkiv), the 0-20-cm soil layer contains 6-15 mm of productive moisture against the long-term average of 17-24 mm.

In the south, corn is at full and wax ripeness, locally at milky-wax ripeness in late-sown fields. Its harvest is already under way, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Precipitation that occurred toward September 20 replenished productive topsoil moisture content in the fields intended for winter cereal plantings. Corn crops are in good condition. Plants of its early-ripening hybrids are already fully mature, while mid-early hybrids are at the stage of physiologically ripe grain. Corn grain humidity was 30-36% as of September 19.

More information on crop conditions and progress of harvesting campaign in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain & Oil" by UkrAgroConsult.



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