SUMMER WITHOUT AGRICULTURAL DROUGHT

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This year summer is passing without agricultural drought. The lack of occurrence of this phenomenon is confirmed by the most recent report from the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – the State Research Institute (IUNG-PIB).

According to applicable requirements, the IUNG-PIB has specified the values of the climatic water balance (CWB) for all boroughs/municipalities in Poland. Moreover, on the basis of soil categories, the IUNG-PIB has determined for them current status of agricultural drought risk for the following crops: winter and spring crops, grain maize and silage maize, potato, sugar beet, hop, tobacco, field vegetables, fruit shrubs and trees, strawberries and legumes.

During the tenth reporting period, from June 21 until August 20, 2017, no agricultural drought was observed in Poland. The average CEB value for the country during the considered six-decade period was -17 mm, and it increased again during that period by 27 mm.

Throughout Poland, the critical values were not exceeded for any of the monitored crops. The lowest CEB values (from -120 to -159 mm) were observed in the Małopolska (Lesser Poland) Upland, in the south-eastern part of Lublin Voivodeship and north-eastern part of Subcarpathian Voivodeship.

You will find more information on the website dedicated to the agricultural drought monitoring system – www.susza.iung.pulawy.pl.