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Russian Snow Cover Seen Aiding Crops in Asian Territories

Crops in grain-growing areas of Russia’s Asian territories, which accounted for about 18 percent of the national grain harvest this season, “wintered safely” in the 10 days through Feb. 20 with the help of snow cover, the state weather forecaster said.

A snow layer 35 centimeters to 45 centimeters (13.8 inches to 17.7 inches) thick helped seeds survive temperatures as low as minus 11 degrees Celsius (12.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in grain-growing areas of the Ural and Siberian federal districts in the period, the weather center said on its website. The two districts harvested 12.4 million metric tons of grains this season, out of a total crop of 70.7 million tons, according to the state statistics data.

In Russia’s south, an ice crust of 7 millimeters to 11 millimeters hampered development of winter grains at some places in the northern part of Rostov and in Volgograd in the period, it said. The areas are among Russia’s top 10 grain-producing areas and together harvested about 8.6 million tons of grains this marketing year, according to state statistics data.

The weather will be “predominantly satisfactory” for winter crops in Russia’s European territory and will be normal for the time of year in the Asian part of the country from today until the end of this month, the center said.

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