Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Some Ukraine crops now at risk of winter damage

After reporting the Ukraine Ministry of Agriculture’s announcement only yesterday, that prevailing weather conditions and adequate snow cover does not pose a threat to winter crops, I get sent this picture from Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine taken this morning.

Just goes to show the importance of real time reporting and how you can’t beat a boots on the ground perspective.

Looking at the latest satellite pictures and the thaw seems to have occurred over most of Odessa and half of Mykolaiv oblasts, a combined area of around 4.5mha.

There’s no snow forecast for the next ten days and with night time lows of -12C (10F) predicted we just might start to see some crop damage, in the least those crops are now at an elevated level of risk.

One thing that is for certain, we’ll be sure to include Mykolaiv and Odessa in our crop condition assessments come March.