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Russia Late-Crop Gathering Hampered by Snow, Frosts, Center Says

Frosts and snow in Russia hampered the completion of the harvesting of corn, sugar beet and other late crops in the Southern and North Caucasus federal districts from Nov. 10 through Nov. 20, the Federal Hydrometeorological Center said.

There was as much as 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) of snow and soil was frozen to a depth of as much as 20 centimeters in parts of the Rostov and Volgograd regions in the Southern district, according to the center’s website today. Temperatures dropped to as low as minus 7 degrees Celsius (19.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and the snow layer was as much as 20 centimeters deep in some fields in the North Caucasus district.

Temperatures were at least 4 degrees Celsius lower than average in the period, according to the center, which didn’t estimate the potential loss of corn and other crops as a result of the adverse weather.

In the Urals federal district and West Siberia, which form Russia’s Asian part, temperatures of minus 12 degrees to minus 23 degrees Celsius didn’t affect winter crops, because 3 centimeters to 12 centimeters of snow provided protection, according to the statement.

Winter conditions will be “mainly satisfactory” in the last 10 days of November, the center said.

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