Ukraine. Sufficient soil moisture supply available to winter rape


The period of March 21-31 featured variable weather. In the south (Dnipro, Kherson, Odesa regions) it appeared 1-20C cooler than at the same time last year. In the eastern, northern and western regions (Kharkiv, Sumy, Lviv), air temperatures were 3.8-5.60C above normal and 3.4-4.60C higher than at the same time in 2016. They averaged 1.8-11.60C in this period, while maximum temperature was registered at 19.80C in the daytime and minimum one dropped to 2.40C below zero at night.

Precipitation of various intensities occurred almost all over the country, but its amount did not influence soil moisture content. In addition, strong gusts of wind, up to 10-22 m/sec, were observed on March 28-29. Combined with sunny weather, they caused moisture losses from the top (5 cm) soil layer, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Winter rape, whose plantings total 882.2 Th ha, is in good and fair conditions on 43.2% and 37.8% of areas, respectively. 0.8% of winter rape crops were lost. Rape plants continue developing leaf rosettes; even stalk growth has begun in some fields. Productive moisture content in the top and one-meter soil layers in winter rape plantings is estimated as optimum and adequate.

Farmers continue fertilization of winter crops. 844.7 Th ha (97%) of winter rape had been fertilized by March 31.

More information on crop conditions in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Vegoils + CIS" by UkrAgroConsult.



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