The unprecedented June heat in Moldova, when the day air temperature in the sun grows to 50 degrees above zero and up, has a negative impact upon the development of grain crops, legumes and vegetables, said Valeriu Masleanschi, representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova (MoA).
According to the specialist, sunflower plantations suffered the most from the burning sun. “Besides, the soil moisture also had an impact on. This is why both plant inflorescence and seeds do not develop normally”, he said.
Masleanschi drew one’s attention to the fact that corn leaves already began turning yellow, though corncobs have not succeeded yet in appearing.
“From year to year, it is more and more difficult in Moldova to count on rich crop harvest without irrigation that would be sufficient to ensure the country. It is clear that the warmth will continue in the future. Plantations of legumes, including soya and peas, will also not live out too long without irrigation at such heat”, he said.
According to the ministry representative, vegetables also suffer from the heat, including tomatoes and cucumbers. “Irrigation for them must be supplied right to roots, and soil must be permanently wet, as long as possible”, Masleanschi said.