Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

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

Across primary southern winter wheat areas of Russia and Ukraine, temperatures averaged 5 to 9°C below normal, with night-time lows dropping below -20°C in the coldest locales.

However, a moderate snow pack (5-15 cm) insulated dormant winter wheat from freeze damage, and a fresh snowfall (2-20 mm liquid equivalent) boosted moisture reserves and insulation from eastern Ukraine into south-western Russia during the period.

Farther north, areas along the border between Russia’s Volga, Southern, and Central Districts may have experienced some burn back or freeze damage, as a shallow snow cover (2-5 cm) likely left some winter crops exposed to temperatures as low as -23°C.