Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Warm weather prevailed, with showers in the south and west contrasting with sunny skies in eastern and northern growing areas.

A large, strengthening area of high pressure provided sunny skies along with much-above-normal temperatures (6-10°C above normal) from Belarus into central and northern Russia; the sunny, warm weather melted the remaining snow cover, reduced winter crop cold hardiness, and encouraged early small grain planting.

Farther south, widespread rain in Ukraine (10-35 mm) and southern Russia (1-10 mm) sustained favourable soil moisture for winter wheat, with crops continuing to break dormancy as weekly average temperatures topped 5°C across most southern growing areas.