Kazakhstan. Temperature swings and uneven snow cover distribution endanger winter crops

23.02.2017

From February 1-10, air temperatures in the south and southeast of Kazakhstan were 1-6˚C below normal, while precipitation was mostly above normal.

The alternation between a 3-6-day thaw and a one-week decrease in minimum air temperature to 16-27°C, to -30°C in some areas, could have impacted winter hardiness of underdeveloped winter wheat crops. In case of uneven distribution or absence of snow, this was dangerous to winter crops.

Minimum soil temperature at the depth of winter wheat’s tillering node fluctuated from 0˚C to 6˚C below zero.

In West Kazakhstan region the precipitation rates were nearly normal or above normal and the soil moisture content consequently improved. A two-day increase of wind to over 15 m/s caused re-distribution of snow cover that may complicate survival of winter cereals.

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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