Winter weather dominated Ukraine on December 18-22. Precipitation mostly in the form of snow occurred all over the country, accompanied by rain in the south.
As of December 21, the ground was covered with 1 to 24 cm of snow, except for the south and Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Snow cover in the southern and eastern regions was at most 1-5 cm thick, or the fields were snow-free at all. Its height reached 25-36 cm in some areas across the central and northeastern regions, reports UkrAgroConsult.
The average daily air temperature almost all across the country was at +3.30С to -2.10С (0.6-5.60С above normal). It was only 20С below normal in the southern regions.
Winter crops stayed dormant after December 20. The lowest soil temperature at the tillering node depth of winter crops (3 cm) was registered at 00С to -30С, at -4-50С in the east. These values are far above critical killing levels.
No crop-threatening events were observed. Plants are mostly in good and fair condition. The condition of winter rape crops did not change. They are mostly rated good and fair.
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