Volume 101, no. 30, full report here.
Mostly dry, hot weather persisted in Russia, while showers and thunderstorms further boosted summer crop prospects elsewhere.
High pressure remained centered over western Kazakhstan, maintaining sunny skies in Russia and a warm southerly flow across the western two-thirds of the region.
Temperatures averaged 2 to 5°C above normal in most growing areas, with daytime highs in the lower to middle 30s (degrees C) causing some stress to reproductive summer crops in southern portions of Ukraine and Russia.
In Russia, the heat was accompanied by sunny skies, which accelerated winter wheat harvesting.
However, the Rostov Oblast in the west-central Southern District has reported little - if any - precipitation since June 21, causing deteriorating yield prospects for summer crops, in particular sunflowers.
In contrast, the heat and humidity over Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus was accompanied by widespread showers and thunderstorms (10-50 mm, locally more), which maintained excellent prospects for silking corn and blooming sunflowers.
Farther east, dry albeit cooler weather (1-3°C below normal) prevailed in the southeastern Volga District, promoting spring wheat maturation.