Ukraine. Rains replenished soil moisture partially

17.09.2018

Ukraine was exposed to very warm and rainy weather on September 9-13. Rain fell almost all over the country, in the form of heavy, intensive downpours in some regions. The precipitation distribution was uneven: the south and center of Ukraine received much more rain than the west and north.

In Kherson region, precipitation occurred unevenly, but it somewhat eased soil drought that had persisted in August. However, because of the previous dry period, soil moisture content did not increase considerably, report UkrAgroConsult’s analysts. In most of the region, the topsoil (0-10 cm) in fields intended for planting winter wheat and barley contained very small amounts of productive moisture as of September 8: they did not exceed 2-7 mm.

Air temperatures were high. Their average values were at the level of the July and August normals or even higher. An air temperature decrease towards September 10 was a favorable factor for growth of winter rape planted in late August. It has already sprouted and formed leaves in many fields. Its plants are mostly in good condition.

At the same time, the rainy weather was scarcely conducive to the completion of growth of late crops. It hampered drying of sunflower heads and cobs and led to higher grain and seed humidity.

Sunflower seed is already at harvest maturity; farmers continue harvesting it. Rot of sunflower heads was seen in single fields in the central regions.

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