Winter cereals in Ukraine in good condition – UkrAgroConsult
Winter cereal crops in Ukraine are in good condition, according to UkrAgroConsult.
"As of today, over 70% of winter wheat crops are at the tillering stage. In fact, they have caught up with the fall lag caused by abnormally cold October and November. Roughly 30% of the crops are in fair condition with a steady trend toward improvement," UkrAgroConsult wrote.
Precipitation of various intensities has occurred all over Ukraine in the form of rain, it said. "From January 1 till April 10, many parts of Kherson, Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kirovohrad regions received at most 30-60% of normal precipitation rates for this time, therefore the recent week's cold-spell turned out to be a beneficial factor curbing the drought development in these regions," UkrAgroConsult reported.
Read alsoUkraine to fill gap in Turkey's wheat imports – mediaThe March-April weather conditions in Ukraine were generally favorable for crop planting and growth. The accumulated amounts of warmth and moisture supply in most of Ukraine's crops were still at fair and optimum levels.
As UNIAN reported, spring frosts have hit Ukraine in the past two days with snowfalls in Poltava, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, and Dnipropetrovsk regions.
The frosts are most dangerous for fruit trees that are in bloom now and vegetable crops. The zero temperature will not affect potato crops, apple and pear trees, but the harvest of peaches and apricots may be halved, experienced gardeners say, according to the TV news service TSN.