Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across the region, with rain falling in western and southern growing areas.

Temperatures for the week averaged 3 to 6°C above normal over most major winter wheat areas of Russia and Ukraine, further eroding the region’s snow pack (now confined to the Central and Volga Districts in Russia) and encouraging early greening of winter wheat in southern parts of Russia and Ukraine. 

In addition, light to moderate rain (2-20 mm) accompanied the warmth over western and southern portions of the region, maintaining favourable moisture reserves for spring growth.

However, the Southern District (in particular, the Rostov Oblast) remained unfavourably dry (less than 50 percent of normal over the past 30 days), and rain will be needed over the upcoming weeks to ensure adequate soil moisture for spring growth.