Long-lasting precipitation shortfalls and increased air temperatures have substantially reduced soil moisture supply, actually in half in some southern parts of the country.
Productive moisture supply decreased to a fair level mostly in the fields of winter cereals and winter rape. Productive moisture content in light soils is low in Gomel region, parts of Brest region, and in the south of Grodno region. The topsoil is dry at all in single areas. In the rest of Belarus, crops still have enough moisture for their growth and development.
The top 10-cm layer of soil is not wet enough in most of the country, being actually dry in some areas. The conditions for germination and emergence of spring crops have complicated. The topsoil still contains enough moisture in most of Mogilov region, central parts of Vitebsk region, and locally in the remaining regions. Occasional rains expected in mid-May are to improve the agrometeorological situation. However, soil moisture content in some areas may continue to be insufficient due to uneven distribution of expected precipitation.
Planting of early spring crops in Belarus is over, reports UkrAgroConsult. Altogether, it had been projected to sow 1.019 Ml ha of early spring cereals and pulses this year.
2.219 Ml ha has already been seeded to spring crops by May 14 (86.9% of the plan) against 1.982 Ml ha in 2017.
More information on crop conditions and progress in planting in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain" by UkrAgroConsult.
Detailed information on the latest trends in grain exports, supply and demand balances with breakdown by crop in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain" by UkrAgroConsult.
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