Review of the agrometeorological situation of August 20, 2019
Warm deficit from July to 2nd decade of August slowed development of heat-loving plants, mainly of maize. Amount of effective temperature higher than +10С was less than average multiyear values for the period mentioned above in most of Belarus. Warm deficit is not significant in the south-west part of the country. In general, accumulated sum of effective temperatures than +10С is less than last year, however, it’s more than average multiyear values for this period.
According to recent data of observations, grain filling continues on the main fields of maize with sufficient water availability, the beginning of wax ripeness was registered in some areas of southern part of Belarus. Coming up of milky ripeness and wax ripeness – it’s proper time for maize harvest for silage. Average height of plants ranges from 1,5 m to 2,5 m in most of observation areas. Visual assessments of sowing state are good, they are satisfactory only on certain fields of the country.
In the second half of the week, agrometeorological conditions will ameliorate with the rain termination and soil drying. Predominance of warm weather in the 3rd decade of August will contribute to ripening of maize grain.