Weather conditions. Variable weather with temperature swings between night and day dominated the country earlier this month. The average daily air temperature in most regions was 1-5°С below normal, at 16-23°С. The highest air temperature was recorded at 17-31°С and the lowest one bottomed out at 9-16°С.
Moisture supply. In corn fields, the level of productive moisture in the 0-100 cm soil layer remained predominantly fair (81-109 mm) and adequate (126-160 mm) in the west, most parts of Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia regions, locally in Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Kherson and Donetsk regions. The topsoil (0-20 mm) in sugar beet fields contained insufficient amounts of productive moisture (at most 4 mm). In most sunflower plantings, productive moisture content in the topsoil was poor (1-10 mm).
Crop condition is largely good and fair, reports UkrAgroConsult. The worst impact of dryness on corn and sunflower productivity is observed in early-planted fields and in earlier-season hybrids, which developed at the expense of moisture accumulated in the fall and winter.
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