Ukraine. Productive soil moisture lower than many-year average in wheat fields

12.06.2017

Brief rains in the form of downpours, occasionally with thunder and hail, occurred in Khmelnytsky, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Kyiv regions. At the same time, this precipitation was not productive because its rates ranged from 1 to 7 mm.

As of June 7, just 58-66 mm of productive soil moisture was available to wheat sown after non-fallow predecessors in Dnipropetrovsk region. In wheat plantings after fallow predecessors it was 55-75 mm, or 35-41 mm below the long-term normal content.  This amount of agronomically valuable soil moisture is not enough for obtaining grain yields above medium.

In the opinion of scientists of the Grain Crops Institute, winter crops are now in a rather difficult, even critical situation. If no rain falls in the coming days, their yields may lose 15-20%, reports UkrAgroConsult.

According to the Farming Institute, winter wheat plants are at the beginning of the 10th development stage of organogenesis (kernel formation). Productive tillers number 700-800 per sq. m, depending on the variety and fertilization background. The plant height is 80-88 cm.

Corn crops are in good condition. The upturn in average daily temperatures facilitates growth and development of corn. Crop density of its hybrids is 77-80,000 plants per sq. m.

More information on crop conditions and progress of planting 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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