Winterkill Worries in Russia Winter Wheat

January 15, 2013

Russia winter wheat weakened by fall drought may have suffered winterkill in a December cold wave.

Fluctuating temperatures in southern Russia’s winter wheat area have increased wheat vulnerability to winterkill.    Unusual warmth in early December was followed by a bitter cold snap late in the month.  Wheat was not protected by snow,  when temperatures dropped 5-10 F below zero in Russia's northern winter wheat area. 

Mr. Kmitry Rylko, director of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR), anticipates  5-25% of Russia wheat may be at risk for freeze damage naming Volgograd, Rostov and Samara as the most vulnerable areas... subscribers continue to full story...


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