Ukraine's winter cereals face no threat to their survival
The period of December 21-31 featured a confrontation of warm and cold air masses, which brought about contrast weather: its winter pattern alternated with thaws, according to UkrAgroConsult.
Thus, air temperatures at the time varied within a wide range from -11 degrees C to +4 degrees C. Precipitation amounted to 0-14.5 mm. The height of snow cover in winter crop areas ranged from 0.5 cm to 4 cm. Winter crops were dormant last week, UkrAgroConsult reported.
Agri-year of records and new challengesAn analysis of sugars in tillering nodes of winter wheat showed quite a high level of them. This particularly concerns fields sown within the optimal time, where the sugar content reaches 39-45%, depending on the predecessor and variety. Late sown plantings have 31-35% of sugars.
Winter barley plants contain 22-32% of sugars in their tillering nodes. This sugar content allows winter cereals to fairly survive the winter.
There are no threats to survival of winter cereals at the moment.