January 2019 features unstable weather with alternating freezes and thaws. Air temperature plummeted around January 15, locally to -17-190С in some regions, but it started to rebound considerably in recent days.
This past week, precipitation in the form of snow and sleet occurred almost all over Ukraine, and it rained in the south. By January 18, snowfall had increased the snow cover height to 10-32 cm in the western and northern regions, to 5-17 cm in the east, and to 1-30 cm in the central and southern regions. The depth of soil freezing was comparatively small within 2-20 cm, depending on the snow cover height and minimum air temperature. In regions where snow has covered unfrozen ground and still remains, this depth equals 0-2 cm, reports UkrAgroConsult.
Frequent rain and snow in December and January contribute to replenishing soil moisture, which amounted to 25-40 mm and 120-180 mm in the topsoil and one-meter layer, respectively, in most regions in mid-January.
Although air temperature rose to above-zero values from time to time, winter crops did not grow in January: their plants are in winter dormancy. Winter crop condition did not change significantly and can be rated as good.
Winter rape crops are still mostly in good and fair condition.
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In a tender held on January 15, 2019, Egypt’s state buyer GASC purchased 15 KMT of sunflower oil and 60 KMT of soybean oil.