Thursday, 8 January 2015

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Winter crops remained adequately insulated from bitter cold by a moderate to deep snow-pack.

Across Ukraine and central Russia, a fresh snowfall (10-35 mm liquid equivalent, snow depths of 5 to 30 cm, locally more) protected dormant winter wheat from temperatures up to 6°C below normal (night time lows below -20°C).

However, key southern wheat areas in southern Russia were spared the coldest conditions, with readings remaining above -15°C; these southern wheat areas are protected by a shallow, patchy snow cover.