Belarus. Weather conditions were fair for winter crops


The weather developments in the first half of the winter were fair for winter crops. Following snowfalls on January 13-16, winter crops appeared covered with up to 20-25 cm of snow in most of the country. Its depth even reached 30 cm in some central and northern areas.

Late in the last week, snow cover melted a little and became more compact due to a thaw. In most northern and south-western parts of Belarus the soil is frozen to depths from 15 cm to 30 cm, even to 35-46 cm in some districts of Vitebsk region and in the north-west of Minsk region. In the remainder of Belarus the soil is frozen mainly to less than 10 cm. In snow-covered winter crop plantings with just slightly frozen soil the temperature at the tillering node depth is above optimal values. This causes plants to consume more reserve nutrients.

A brief cold-spell expected in the middle of the current week will pose no threat to winter crops in view of snow cover present in the fields, reports UkrAgroConsult.

More information on crop conditions 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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