Recent precipitation has improved soil moisture reserves
Thanks to the warm winter, winter crops in Ukraine and Russia is almost not affected, while the recent precipitation has replenished the soil moisture reserves and reduce anxiety concerning conditions of spring vegetation.
In February the crops were in shallow winter dormancy, and in the end of the month in the South, places in Central and Western regions resumed vegetation in the phase of tillering, formation of nodal roots and 3 leaves.
According to the Ukrainian hydrometeorological weather conditions were satisfactory for the end of the wintering of winter crops. On 29 February in most regions of snow in the fields was not, the ground has thawed and the frost depth does not exceed 1-5 cm, sometimes in the North-East – 14 cm low soil temperature at the depth of tillering node was minus 1-5 degrees in Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya regions – minus 6-9 degrees, which is much higher than the critical temperature of freezing.
Due to precipitation February water supplies in the Odessa, Mykolaiv, Poltava and Kirovohrad regions have met or slightly exceeded the norm.
In Russia, warm weather helped to avoid losses of winter crops and start sowing spring crops 10 days earlier than the multiyear average terms. Acreage in the country in 2020 will increase by 790 thousand hectares to 80.3 million hectares, of which 52 million hectares will sow spring crops.