Russia. The weather conditions were predominantly fair for survival of winter crops

25.01.2018

Variable weather dominated the European part of Russia on January 10-20. It became much colder on January 13-14, when daytime air temperatures dropped to -10…-6°C in most areas, even to -20…-15°C in the eastern half of the Volga federal district.

The lowest air temperature during the ten days was registered at -18…-10°C, even at -30…-25°C in the eastern half of the Volga federal district (-35°C and lower in eastern areas of Bashkortostan and Orenburg region).

Air temperatures somewhat increased in most areas towards January 20. Precipitation totaled 5-10 mm in most areas between January 11-20, though some eastern parts of the Volga federal district received less than 5 mm. Most of the territory was covered with 10-20 cm of snow towards January 20. Its height reached and even exceeded 35-40 cm in the east of the North-Western district, the north-east of the Central district and the north of the Volga district.

The depth of soil freezing increased at the time. It was mostly 10-20 cm, reaching 50-70 cm in the east of the Volga federal district (even 100 cm and more in its south-easternmost areas). The lowest soil temperature at the tillering node depth of winter crops (3 cm) was mostly -5…-1°C, though it fell to -13…-10°C for a short time in south-westernmost parts of the Volga district and locally in south-easternmost parts of the Central federal district.

The weather conditions were predominantly fair for survival of winter crops. Preconditions for crop rotting developed in some north-eastern parts of the territory where the soil was not frozen very much and snow cover is thick, reports UkrAgroConsult.

In the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts, the average daily air temperature was 2-5°C below normal on most days after January 10. The weather conditions were predominantly fair for survival of winter crops. No low temperatures dangerous to dormant plants were reported. Only in eastern and north-eastern parts of Volgograd region the soil froze to a depth of 60 cm and even deeper. The lowest soil temperature at the 3-cm depth dropped to -14…-12°C that is close to its killing values for underdeveloped winter wheat crops.

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

 

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