Russia. Fair conditions for winter cereals to enter the dormancy phase

15.11.2017

Variable weather was observed in the North-Western, Central and Volga federal districts on November 1-10. The average daily air temperature was mostly 1-3°C below normal. The ground was covered for a while with up to 3-5 cm of snow in the eastern half of the North-Western district, the north-eastern half of the Central district and in most parts of the Volga district. Its layer reached 8-12 cm in some northern areas. Air temperatures went up to some extent toward November 5 and snow cover melted in most of the North-Western and Central federal districts. Precipitation rates totaled 5 to 15 mm in most areas for the ten days.

Growth of winter crops, which stopped on October 21-23, did not resume in most fields over the past ten days. Their slow growth in the daytime was only possible in the south of Belgorod and Voronezh regions on November 3-4. The agrometeorological conditions were predominantly fair for winter crops to pass the first phase of hardening, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Warmer-than-usual weather dominated the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts; light frost events occurred in Rostov, Volgograd and Astrakhan regions and locally in Stavropol region on November 1-2. Precipitation rates for the ten days totaled mostly 5-10 mm. Winter cereals were at the emergence, leaf formation and tillering stages, depending on their planting date. Some farms in the south of the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts still continued sowing winter crops. The agrometeorological conditions were good and fair for emergence, growth and development of winter crops. They were only unfavorable in isolated fields because of soil moisture shortages.

The agrometeorological conditions in most of European Russia will be primarily fair for winter cereals to begin dormancy.

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

 

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