Russia Weather Seen ‘Mainly Satisfactory’ for Crops Feb. 11-20

Weather will be “mainly satisfactory” for Russian winter crops today and during the next nine days, the state weather forecaster said.

In the first 10 days of February, temperatures of as much as 11 degrees Celsius (51.8 degrees Fahrenheit) melted snow and helped plants resume growth in the southern part of Krasnodar, Russia’s biggest regional crop area this season, and in some southern parts of the North-Caucasus Federal District, the weather center said on its website.

Krasnodar harvested 8.8 million metric tons of grains this season, or 13 percent of the national crop. The North-Caucasus district harvested about 6.7 million tons, or 9.4 percent of the national crop, according to the state statistics data.

Crops face some risk of damage from excessive wetness in parts of Tver, Novgorod, Yaroslavl and Kostroma regions, which are north-east of Moscow, and covered by 45 centimeters (18 inches) of snow, while frost is weak, the center said.

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