Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Latest USDA weather update for eastern FSU

Unsettled weather hampered early spring wheat planting but sustained abundant soil moisture for crop emergence.

With the region’s primary spring wheat areas of northern Kazakhstan and south-central Russia devoid of snow cover, producers will be able to commence spring wheat sowing once drier weather arrives.

However, widespread showers (5-25 mm) slowed early planting efforts, though drier conditions by week’s end likely enabled some fieldwork operations in the spring wheat belt.

Farther south, dry, hot conditions (30-36°C) in Uzbekistan and neighbouring environs accelerated cotton planting but increased stress on heading to flowering winter wheat.