Moldova. Abnormally warm and mostly dry weather dominated the country from April 30 to May 6.
The average weekly air temperature was +20..+22º?, or 6-8º? above normal. Air temperatures peaked at +33º? and bottomed out at +5º?.
Mostly no precipitation was seen throughout the week, except for at most 1-4 mm (10-35% of normal) in some areas.
Excessive warmth and precipitation shortfalls persisting over the week led to intensive evaporation of topsoil moisture. This deteriorated conditions for growth and development of crops.
At the time, the emergence of lower stem nodes was registered in winter crops, even flowering started in some fields.
Planting of corn and sunflower was drawing to an end. The average soil temperature at a 10 cm depth was at +18..+24º?.
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.