Belarus. Snow cover will protect winter crops against freezing temperatures

13.01.2017

Since the onset of winter, the weather conditions have been fair for winter crops in Belarus. No low temperatures posing a threat to winter cereals were registered at that time, reports UkrAgroConsult. In areas where air temperature dropped to -15..-18°C at some nights in December, the ground was covered with 5-10 cm of snow that protected winter rape – the least frost resistant of winter crops.

As of late December, soil freezing was still insignificant – to a depth of 5-10 cm or even less in most of Belarus. These figures only reached 15-26 cm in the northern-east of the country. Soil temperature at the tillering node depth in winter cereal plantings stayed above optimal values, varying mainly from -1°C to +1°C.

In view of falling temperatures, winter crops are regaining their hardiness lost at the time of December’s thaw.

According to UkrAgroConsult, snow cover in the fields is mostly 5-10 cm high, less than 5 cm in some southern and south-eastern areas and 11-13 cm in parts of the country’s east and northern east. The height of snow cover will shortly increase due to expected snowfalls. This snow must protect winter crops against low temperatures expected in the latter half of this week.

More information on crop conditions and progress in harvesting/seeding campaign in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain & Oil" by UkrAgroConsult.

 

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