Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Latest USDA weather update for eastern FSU

A mix of rain and snow (10-45 mm liquid equivalent) hampered spring wheat harvesting in northern Kazakhstan, as well as the Urals and Siberia Districts in Russia.

Early- to mid-week showers slowed fieldwork throughout the region.

At the end of the week, however, cold air accompanied another surge of moisture, causing the rain to change to snow in Russia and extreme northern Kazakhstan.

Accumulating snow was likely in these areas, halting spring wheat harvesting.

Temperatures averaged about 2 to 6°C below normal in Russia and extreme northern Kazakhstan.

Farther south, dry weather returned to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and eastern Uzbekistan, allowing cotton harvesting to accelerate in the wake of recent rain.