Russia. Winter crops were exposed to fair conditions in December

03.01.2019

Variable weather dominated the European part of Russia in December, when colder periods alternated with warmer ones. On the coldest days, the average daily air temperature was mostly 2-8°C below normal, while the minimum air temperature was as low as -20…-15°C, even -22…-25°C in the northern and eastern parts of the territory. Little thaws (0…1°C) occurred in some areas on December 9-13.

December’s precipitation was mostly in the form of snow, only westernmost parts of the territory saw rain and sleet. The snow cover height late in the month was largely 20-30 cm. The depth of soil freezing is 20-45 cm in most areas. In December, the lowest soil temperature at the tillering node depth of winter grains (3 cm) was registered at -7…-3°C (locally at -12…-9°C). The agrometeorological conditions were mostly fair for winter crops. Air and soil temperatures did not fall to values dangerous for dormant crops, reports UkrAgroConsult.

The Southern and North-Caucasian federal districts were exposed to variable weather. On the coldest nights, air temperature dropped to -3…0°C (locally to -15…-12°C). The snow cover height was 1-5 cm and higher. In December, the lowest soil temperature at the tillering node depth of winter crops was registered at -7…-5°C. The agrometeorological conditions were mostly fair for the survival of winter crops.

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