Yield of winter this year may be low due to the dry autumn, winter frosts and strong places low snow cover, the tenth part of winter is already damaged, the director of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand.
"This year the conditions for overwintering wheat, barley, not the best. Observed in autumn drought, planting was not done at the optimum time. Second — observed adverse winter conditions for overwintering. Area damaging winter slightly more than usual," — said at a press Vilfand conference in Moscow.
According to the meteorologists, the area of damaged winter crops is 9.5% of the planted acreage or 15.85 million hectares.
"From 9 to 23 December is very cold down to minus 20, they felt the Volga region, the South Central Black Earth region and Lower Volga, even north of Rostov region. In many parts of the snow cover was only 1-2 centimeters, and there is freezing winter" — Vilfand added.
"About a month are estimates, as will vegetate these crops in the spring. Plus, studies will be conducted related to the structure of snow is forecast released moisture in the first meter of soil, and this is a very important resource for the future harvest," — concluded the director of Hydrometeorology .
In late December, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that in spite of the cold, "loss (winter) correspond srednetraditsionnym losses are no more and no less — about 8-9%."