Ukraine. Cool weather somewhat slowed growth of winter and early spring crops


Late April and early May featured variable air temperatures with frequent precipitation events. Cool weather somewhat slowed growth of winter and early spring crops, UkrAgroConsult reports.

Slight frosts observed throughout April 21-30 had no substantial adverse impact on plants. Winter, early spring crops and pulses are rated fair to good, especially where planted within the optimal timeframe after fertilized predecessors.

Certain concerns about winter crops are caused by spring and wintering weeds, as their rates have increased substantially amid good soil moisture content, and bad weather prevented farmers from timely taking protective measures against them.

Precipitation of various intensities occurred almost all over the country in the form of rain, locally with thunderstorm and hail. Rain replenished soil moisture for winter and spring crops.

Precipitation (5-25 m) is expected in the western and eastern regions. The northern, central and southern regions will receive 5-15 mm.

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