Seasonably cold weather continued to ease winter crops into dormancy except in southern-most growing areas.
Temperatures averaged 1 to 2°C below normal over much of Ukraine and up to 5°C below normal in Russia; weekly average temperatures in Russia’s wheat belt remained below 5°C, indicating winter grains and oilseeds were now dormant.
However, southern-most wheat areas, in particular the North Caucasus and southern portions of the Southern District, continued to add vegetative growth as milder weather kept night-time readings above freezing.
In Ukraine, winter crops were approaching or easing into dormancy except along the Black Sea Coast, where milder conditions enabled additional wheat establishment.
Despite the seasonably chilly weather, the region was mostly devoid of snow cover, leaving winter wheat and barley exposed to potential incursions of bitter cold.