Russia. Winter crop condition improved in February


In the North-Western, Central federal districts and the western half of the Volga federal district, air temperatures on most days in February were much warmer than usual. The average daily air temperature was 3-8°C above normal. Most areas received 20 to 45 mm of precipitation during February, while the north got up to 55-60 mm or even more. Under the influence of warm weather, snow cover in the western regions decreased by 10-20 cm – its thickness ranged from 15 to 40 cm late in the month. The lowest soil temperature registered at the depth of winter grains’ tillering node (3 cm) was -3…-1°C, locally -7…-5°C in the south of the Volga federal district, reports UkrAgroConsult.

The Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts were exposed to above-normal air temperatures. They mostly reached 5…8°C in the daytime and dropped to -4…2°C at night. In Krasnodar region and some parts of the North Caucasian republics, winter grains started spring growth once air temperatures increased to 8°C. Late-sown winter crops have emerged. Farmers in the south started early spring fertilization of plants. Exposed to fair conditions, winter crops in the northern half of the territory were still dormant. The snow cover height in late February ranged from 10 to 50 cm. The soil was frozen to a depth of 10-40 cm. Its temperature at the tillering node depth (3 cm) averaged -5…-1°C.

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