On August 15, 2019, the government of the Kaliningrad region predicted a possible drop in vegetable yields for the fall. In response to an inquiry from Russian West about the agricultural implications of global climate surges, the government reported how the yield of potatoes and vegetables could change compared to last year.
"The high air temperature in May - June 2019 negatively affected buckwheat, potatoes, vegetables, as well as about 2 thousand hectares of spring grain crops sown later than the optimal time," the press service of the Kaliningrad region government said.
At first glance, climate warming in the summer of 2019 should only favor the harvest.
“Along with the high temperature, during this period there was a shortage of moisture in the soil, which led to a slowdown in growth processes,” the regional government said in its response. - If sowing later than the optimal time, higher temperatures will negatively affect the harvest of spring grains, buckwheat, potatoes and vegetables. Roughly, the yield reduction can reach 10-15% for spring cereals and buckwheat and up to 30% for potatoes and vegetables. "
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Abnormal warming in early and mid-summer has not yet affected crop yields. Anyway, bye. Precipitation at the moment does not exceed the average annual norm. Not the fact that this situation will continue in the coming weeks.
“The negative impact from the increased amount of precipitation in the conditions of the Kaliningrad region manifests itself on all agricultural crops,” the government said. “The increase in precipitation in August-September has a negative effect on the course of harvesting and sowing of winter crops.”
According to the Climate Center of Roshydromet, in the Kaliningrad region over the past 30 years, local effects of global warming have been observed. Previously, the average air temperature in the region grew by 0,3ºС. In the past 10 years, it has become colder faster. Now every decade in the Kaliningrad region is getting warmer already at 0,8 ºС. According to the forecast of global warming compiled by federal climatologists, by 2030 the average annual air temperature in the Kaliningrad region will increase by 1,6ºС.
Warming in our region is already accompanied by an increase in the number of stormy days. Every two years, one stormy day is added. Activists of the movement "Eco-protection!" claim that now every year on the sea coast of the Kaliningrad region they record up to 28 days when the wind speed exceeds 15 m / s.
A source: https://ruwest.ru/