Late spring will be favorable for Ukrainian farmers
Ukrainian farmers are unable to start sowing due to hostilities, but the frosty weather of March will delay the sowing of spring crops for two or three weeks, and the success of the Armed Forces hopes for the retreat of Russian troops in most northern and eastern areas of the offensive.
The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Ukrhydrometeocenter report that the weather gives domestic farmers a temporary backlash. "Even in other circumstances, the level of soil freezing would not allow to start a full-fledged sowing. The large-scale start of spring work is the end of March, and in some places the beginning of April, although the actual date will, of course, depend on the rate of warming and the amount of precipitation. But so far night temperatures are negative, and in the north and east they reach 10-12 degrees Celsius, "said the Minister of Agrarian Policy. He added that the weather allows to accumulate resources, organize work and at the same time invest in optimal agrometeorological terms. The main task is to make the most of extra time, attract external and internal assistance and prepare for the start of work.
"The amount of moisture in the top layer of soil leaves much to be desired, and no precipitation is expected until March 20. Well, let this be our biggest problem, "R. Leshchenko added. According to him, due to the rather warm February, winter germination began in some places, but against the background of lower temperatures, crops remain in a state of winter dormancy, so frosts should not damage them.
"Sowing, on the eve of which we are, is perhaps the most difficult and important in our lives. Its value is no longer measured by the categories of "harvest" and "price". We are talking about the future of the state, "the minister added.
In the Black Sea region, wintering conditions for wheat were mostly favorable, with high rainfall in winter and no severe frosts.
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In the Midwest, soil moisture reserves are high, warming will accelerate the melting of snow, and additional precipitation will occur in 7-10 days.
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