Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Cold, snowy weather maintained favourable conditions for dormant winter grains and oilseeds.

Across key southern winter wheat areas of Russia and Ukraine, temperatures averaged 5°C or less, indicating crops were becoming or already dormant.

In addition, fresh snowfall (5-20 cm) by week’s end afforded winter wheat insulation against potential incursions of bitter cold.

Farther north, winter grains were also dormant from Belarus and northern Ukraine into central Russia, though crops in these areas were poorly established following an unfavourably dry autumn.

In addition, areas along the border between Russia’s Volga, Southern, and Central Districts remained devoid of snow cover, exposing winter crops to this past week’s bitter cold (-20 to -15°C).