Ukraine. Low temperatures posed no threat to winter grains


Variable weather with sharp air temperature swings and precipitation events dominated the country on January 19-22. Only the last two days have seen a substantial drop in air temperature almost all over Ukraine, locally to 200С below zero.

The average daily air temperature was within +50С to -50С, or 1-50С above normal. On the coldest nights (January 20-22), air temperature bottomed out at 4-220С below zero.

Precipitation in the form of snow and sleet, locally with rain occurred all over Ukraine during 3-7 days.

According to the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center, the snow height ranged from 15 to 25 cm in most areas across the southern, western regions, Zhytomyr region, single districts of Kyiv, Vinnytsia, and Dnipropetrovsk regions. In the rest of the country, it reached 10-30 cm, locally 31 to 44 cm in Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, and Kharkiv regions.

Owing to reliable snow cover, which was even excessive in some areas, winter grains were in no danger even when air temperature fell to 15-200С below zero. The thick layer of snow covering many fields since long ago creates prerequisites for the accumulation of sufficient soil moisture resources for spring growing. At the same time, long stay of plants under a thick snow layer (over 30-50 cm in some areas) exhausts crops, therefore they will require additional care this spring.  

Winter cereal plants are dormant; their condition is good and fair, reports UkrAgroConsult.

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