Kazakhstan. Alternating thaws and freezes may damage winter crops


On January 11-20, air temperatures were mostly 3-7˚С below normal in southern and southeastern parts of Kazakhstan, where winter grains are cultivated. Precipitation rates were at above- and near-normal values, contributing to higher soil moisture content.

Steady snow cover is seen in winter crop fields across Almaty region. Jambyl and Turkestan regions are mostly snow-free – this may result in winterkill of crops if a cold spell occurs.

In the south and southeast of the country, frequent thaws alternating with night air freezes may damage underdeveloped plants of winter wheat, reports UkrAgroConsult.

In West Kazakhstan region, winter grains are still covered with steady snow (22-34 cm), which protected plants where evenly distributed over the ground surface. As a result, low temperature at the ground surface (20-24˚C below zero) did not jeopardize the survival of crops.

In the south and southeast of the country, the lowest soil temperature at the depth of winter wheat tillering node varied from 0˚С to -4˚С.

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