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Review of the agrometeorological situation of August 13, 2019

Water availability of maize, potato, root crops and herbs is sufficient because of rains in most of the Republic of Belarus. Water content in soil is increased in some areas of Vitebsk region and in the north of Mogilev region. Long period of moisture deficit causes decease development on potato sowings. Heavy rains increased amount of overmoistened areas in the north-east part of the country. It is difficult to carry out harvest work of cereal crops, flax pulling and fodder conservation in the areas with overmoistened soil. Thus, because of uneven spread of precipitations, mainly in south-western part of the country, there is deficit of soil moisture, content of productive moisture is low in some areas of Grodno region. Agrometeteorological conditions for harvest formation is difficult in such areas.
Past and expected in the coming days short-term rains (heavy – on certain days) will fulfill moisture content in soil almost everywhere. Water availability of late crops will be ameliorated in the western and south-western parts of the country. However, rains will complicate harvest work, it will be difficult to carry out soil treatment for winter sowing in the areas with overmoistening. 

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