Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Black Sea temperatures low for second successive night

It was pretty cold over much of the Black Sea wheat growing area last night and it looks like it’s going to be another cold one tonight.

In Ukraine, Kyiv, Cherkassy, Dnipro, Poltava are looking at -14C to -21C (7F to -6F) with more of the same predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, while in Russia temperatures in Kursk, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Tambov, Penza and Saratov will fall to a low of -26C (-15F).

Rostov is looking at -17C (1F) tonight and Stavropol -11C (12F) with reports of limited snow cover and ice rain earlier in the day increasing the risk of crop damage in these regions.

Krasnodar is forecast a balmy -6C (21F) by comparison although expected to drop much lower as we move through the week.

Mykolaiv and Kherson in Ukraine remain at risk despite some snow fall today as it could see -15C (5F) by Thursday so snow depth will be critical here.

At the moment Odessa looks to be at low risk with temperatures hovering around freezing until Thursday when it will drop to -11C (12F).

The first Black Sea Crop Tour of 2017 will take place in March to assess the post winter condition of the wheat crop, subscription details will be posted soon.