Ukraine. Rainfalls replenishing soil moisture content


This fall features increased heat supply for winter crops. The average air temperature in August was 20-24°С, or 2.5-4.5°С above normal. That in September equaled 15-19°С, or 1.5-3.5°С above normal. The total of effective air temperature degree-days over +5°С accumulated since early September was 35-85°С above the long-term average. Due to the heat oversupply combined with adequate soil moisture content, plants of winter crops sown within early and optimum time-frames developed 5-8 days ahead of the long-term average pace, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Following a previous long period of dry weather, intensive rainfalls occurred in the south and east in early October. They considerably increased soil moisture content and improved autumn sowing conditions. In general, as of early October, the worst topsoil moisture conditions (1-5 mm) were observed in the eastern regions, locally in Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson regions and in the Forest zone within Zhytomyr region. Soil moisture content of 5-10 mm is typical to the central regions, including those of Vinnytsia, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad and Dnipropetrovsk. In the western regions the topsoil contains 10-15 mm of moisture.

Precipitation is expected to occur almost all over Ukraine within the coming week. This will have a beneficial impact on winter cereal crops. 

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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