Ukraine. Winter crops under reliable frost protection
Severe frosts that came to Ukraine on January 6 will have no adverse effect on winter crops, reports UkrAgroConsult.
Temperatures fell substantially to -13-17°C in Ukraine in the last four days, even to -20°C in some areas. At the same time, snowfalls occurred all across the country. As of January 10, 2017, the average height of snow cover over Ukraine ranges from 5-15 cm in the west to 25-30 cm in the northeast. Temperatures at the tillering node depth did not drop to critical values because snow cover is thick enough to protect winter cereals.
Besides, harsh frosts in Ukraine lasted only three days. Already today, on January 10, the freeze front is leaving the country in the south-western direction and the average temperature over the country is expected to rise to -3-7°C. Above-zero temperatures will return to some regions as soon as January 13.
Survival of winter cereals is by no means threatened at the moment, informs UkrAgroConsult.
More information on crop conditions in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly market report "Black Sea Grain & Oil" by UkrAgroConsult.