On May 14-20, the country saw precipitation occurrences and was exposed to mostly normal air temperatures, reports UkrAgroConsult.
The weekly air temperature was close to normal, averaging +15…+18ºС. The highest air temperature was registered at +28ºС, while the lowest one was down at +6ºС.
55% of Moldova received a total 1-8 mm of precipitation over the week (10-70% of normal). In 45% of the country, mostly in the south, its rates totaled 10-20 mm (90-180% of normal).
The moderate air temperature pattern and rainfalls seen over the week have improved the growing conditions for crops in most of Moldova.
Winter crops were at the stages of heading and flowering this past week, UkrAgroConsult’s analysts note.
As of May 18, the 50-cm soil layer contained mostly 35-65 mm of productive moisture available to winter crops (75-125% of normal), while the one-meter soil layer contained 45-135 mm (50-125% of normal).
Leaf formation continued in corn during the week. Plants in most of its fields had developed five to seven leaves, even nine in spots. The third leaf had emerged in plants of later sowing dates.
As of May 18, productive soil moisture content in corn plantings equaled 10-35 mm (45-130% of normal) in the top layer and 95-160 mm (90-135% of normal) in the one-meter layer.
Pea plants were at the flowering stage. Sunflower was still at the stage of the second pair of true leaves.
As of May 18, productive soil moisture content in sunflower plantings equaled 10-30 mm (40-110% of normal) in the top layer and 90-170 mm (70-120% of normal) in the one-meter layer.
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.
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