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Ukraine. Weather conditions were favorable for growth of winter crops



Consulting Agency


On October 1-10, most of the country was exposed to somewhat too warm weather for this time of year. It was only mainly cool and windy in the northern and western regions.

The average daily air temperature varied from +0.60С to +3.00С in the western regions and from +9.40С to +12.70С in the rest of the country. It became somewhat warmer after October 7. Ground surface temperature fell in some regions (to 0-10С below zero in the west and north). Most of Ukraine saw no precipitation this past week, though soil moisture supply remained optimal.

Precipitation events that occurred all over the country on October 1-10 substantially replenished soil moisture supply and thereby created favorable conditions for planting and initial growth of winter crops. The topsoil contained sufficient and optimal amounts of moisture in most planted areas. Soil moisture supply was only poor in small areas in the south and east.

In general, weather conditions throughout this past week were favorable for emergence and initial growth of winter crops. As of today, the limiting factor is heat supply, whose deficit gradually increases, reports UkrAgroConsult.

The condition of winter wheat of optimal planting dates is rated good. Winter rape crops are in fair and good condition. In previously seeded fields (August sowing), rape plants are at the stage of 6-8 true leaves.

The good weather days should be used for finishing the harvest of late crops, including soybeans, corn and sunseed.

More detailed information on the latest trends in grain exports, supply and demand balances with breakdown by crop, price behavior, crop conditions and progress in harvesting/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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