Russia. Weather on March 1-10 was favorable for resumption of plant growth

12.03.2019

Warmer-than-usual weather dominated most of European Russia, except for eastern parts of the North-West district and northern parts of Volga district. The average daily air temperature was mainly 3-7°C above normal. The snow cover height in the fields was at 10-20 cm, even reaching 50-70 cm and more in the east. The soil was frozen mostly to a depth of 5 to 35 cm. The lowest soil temperature at the tillering node depth of winter grains (3 cm) was -3…0°C. The agrometeorological conditions were fair for plants to complete dormancy, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Warm weather persisted in the Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts as well. Daytime air temperatures reached +6…12°C there. In Krasnodar region and some North Caucasian areas, winter grains resumed growth once the average daily air temperature had risen to 8°C. Late-sown winter crops have emerged – they have even proceeded to leaf formation and tillering in some fields. Crop condition has improved. Farmers in the south conducted early-spring fertilization of plants. Winter crops in the northern half of the Southern federal district were still dormant. The snow cover height ranged from 5 to 25 cm. The soil was frozen to a depth of 10-40 cm.

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