Thursday, 15 May 2014

Latest USDA weather update

Volume 101, No. 19, full report available here.

Unsettled albeit cooler conditions continued over much of the region, though warm weather lingered in southern- and eastern-most crop districts.

A stationary frontal boundary draped across the region separated chilly conditions (up to 3°C below normal) over northern and western growing areas from above-normal temperatures in southern and eastern wheat districts.

While the cold conditions over Belarus, northern Ukraine, and Russia’s Southern District slowed winter crop development, nighttime lows (-3 to 0°C) were above the threshold for crop damage.

A storm system tracked northward along the front, producing widespread showers (5-35 mm) across most major growing areas.

The rainfall was beneficial for vegetative winter crops — particularly in central and eastern Ukraine — but continued to temper the previously rapid planting pace of spring wheat and summer crops.

South and east of the front, above-normal temperatures (up to 3°C above normal) accelerated winter and spring grain development in southern Russia as well as southeastern portions of the Volga District.