Ukraine. Winter cereals accumulated enough sugars to survive the winter

19.12.2016

The period of December 1-10 featured unstable weather with significant swings in average daily air temperatures from 1-6ºC below normal to 1-9ºC above normal. They rose rapidly towards December 10 – by 4-9ºC for just 24 hours on December 8/9. The warming was accompanied by rainfalls, destroyed snow cover almost all over the country, though snow was seen everywhere except for southernmost areas as recently as before December 8, reports UkrAgroConsult.

According to UkrAgroConsult data, winter cereals conditions differ substantially both between regions and within the same region. They are caused by precipitation rates and dates, predecessors, the time of sowing etc.

As of the end of growing, winter cereals were developed far less than in last several years. The above-ground biomass of winter wheat and winter barley plants is 1.3-1.9 times smaller than usual. At the same time, analysis of sugars in tillering nodes showed quite a high content of them, particularly in crops planted within the optimal time frame. This sugar content allows winter cereals to fairly survive the winter.

Overall, Ukrainian winter crops are in a much better condition than last year.

More information on crop conditions and progress in harvesting/seeding 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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