Ukraine. Weather conditions remain unfavorable for growing winter crops


Very cold weather as for this time of year, with insignificant precipitation persisted from October 21-31. As of October 28, productive moisture reserves in the plow soil layer (0-20 cm) under winter wheat  were within 14 to 35 mm in the East (against multi-year averages of 22-31 mm), 58 to 61 mm in the West, and 24 to 55 mm in the North. The one-meter soil layer contained 77 to 149 mm; 277 to 305 mm; 109 to 175 mm, respectively.

According to a crop survey conducted in late October, in the best condition is winter wheat sown after black fallow from September 5 to 30. Such crops have 3-4 leaves per plant and are predominantly in transition to the tillering stage. Winter crops of optimum planting terms placed after nonfallow predecessors are also in good condition, their development progress varies from the two-leaf stage to tillering and their plant height ranges within 12 - 17 cm. In the most difficult situation are winter crops planted after October 10, where no seedlings are seen.

Overall, according to UkrAgroConsult, weather conditions are currently unfavorable for emergence and growth of winter cereals. If this cool weather keeps on, plants will very likely fail to accumulate enough effective warmth for their development and late-sown crops will finish the autumn growing season in underdeveloped condition.

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



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