Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Latest USDA weather update

Western FSU

Additional, well-placed rainfall further eased dryness concerns in central growing areas and boosted soil moisture in the south.

Lingering early-spring dryness in northern Ukraine was alleviated by 10 to 40 mm of rain, benefiting recently-planted corn as well as vegetative winter wheat.

Meanwhile, widespread showers and thunderstorms (10-25 mm, locally more) further improved soil moisture for winter and spring grains as well as emerging summer crops over much of western Russia.

However, favourably drier weather along the Black Sea Coast facilitated fieldwork and winter crop development; southern wheat areas have benefited from near- to above-normal precipitation since crops were planted in autumn.

Temperatures averaged near normal, though slightly warmer conditions (1-3°C above normal) in southern Ukraine contrasted with readings up to 2°C below normal in Belarus.

Eastern FSU

Drier weather promoted fieldwork in central and eastern spring wheat areas, while warm, showery conditions promoted winter wheat and cotton development in the south.

Mostly sunny skies accelerated spring wheat planting and emergence from northcentral Kazakhstan and south-central Russia eastward into the Siberia District.

However, moderate to heavy showers (10-45 mm) continued to hamper sowing in northwestern Kazakhstan and southwestern portions of the Urals District.

Across southern crop areas, above-normal temperatures (3-6°C above normal) and rainfall (10-30 mm) accelerated winter wheat toward maturity and promoted the development of recently-planted cotton over Uzbekistan and neighbouring growing areas.