The average daily air temperature on February 21-28 ranged from -5.80С to +4.00С, or 2.3-7.30С above normal. On the warmest days the air temperature reached +3-70С, up to 8-100С in the south. At the coldest nights it dropped to as low as -7-120С, even to -14.20С in Dnipropetrovsk region.
Variable weather with light precipitation in the form of snow, sleet and rain dominated the country on February 21-28, reports UkrAgroConsult.
On the last days of February, the soil in most of the country was thawed, or frozen to a depth of 1 to 10 cm. During the severest cold-spell, the soil temperature near the tillering node of winter wheat did not fall below -0-60С, i.e. stayed above the critical level for well-developed plants.
Winter crops have been exposed to no adverse conditions in the fall and winter and now are rated good and fair.
Snow melting continued after February 20. Almost all over the country, the fields were already actually snow-free as of February 27.
The country exported 3.25 MMT of barley in July-January 2018/19