Belarus: overmoisturing affects the general condition of winter and spring grains

Long-running rains and resulting overmoisturing of the soil provide the negative effect to the general conduction of sowing areas of winter and spring grains, declared Constantine Shashko, one of the leading research scientists of the Scientific practical center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for agriculture, the Ph.D. of biological sciences.

In the autumn, the major part of winter grain sowings was drowned, that is why, the root system of such plants was formed rather low-developed, and they did not receive the required hardening in the winter period. Thus, some sowing areas of winter grains perished, and some part became rather thinned. The general areas of weak and thinned sowings in Belarus total nearly 480 thsd ha, as opposed to 70-100 thsd ha only in the previous years.

Surplus spring moisture reserves and frequent precipitations assist to development of various illnesses, including root rots, true mildews and etc. Besides, overmoisturing of the soil essentially increases the risk of lodging of winter and spring grain sowings.

To date, Belarusian agricultural enterprises take measures for minimization of negative consequences of overmoisturing of the soil. Nearly 700 thsd ha of sowings show good conditions.


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