Following recent rain, sunny skies and near to above normal temperatures encouraged winter and summer crop development.
In Ukraine, where last week’s rain alleviated dryness concerns in the north, dry, warm weather (up to 4°C above normal) facilitated the development of vegetative to heading winter wheat as well as emerging corn and sunflowers.
Dry weather in central and southern Russia also favoured vegetative to reproductive winter crops, though short term dryness had begun to develop in south western portions of Russia’s Southern District (Krasnodar Oblast).
However, wheat prospects remained favourable in the key southern winter wheat areas due to near to above normal seasonal rainfall and the return of showers (per satellite) on May 26.
In Moldova, dry weather accelerated corn and spring grain planting, while showery conditions in Belarus and northern Russia maintained favourable moisture for spring grains and summer crops.
A slow-moving storm system generated 15 to 50 mm of rain across most key growing areas of northern Kazakhstan and south-central Russia, hampering spring wheat planting efforts for much of the week.
Spring wheat is typically planted during May, and crop areas in the southern Urals District and neighbouring portions of northern Kazakhstan have received 200 to 400 percent of normal rainfall over the past 30 days (as of May 24).
However, drier weather at the end of the week allowed producers to resume fieldwork, particularly in the Siberia District where soils are less saturated.
Meanwhile, variable but widespread showers (2-40 mm) over southern portions of the region provided supplemental moisture for recently-planted cotton as well as reproductive to filling winter grains.