Cool, showery weather maintained overall excellent prospects
for reproductive summer crops, while winter wheat harvesting
was able to proceed without significant delay in southern
A strong storm system and its attendant cold
front swept through the region early in the period,
accompanied by widespread showers and below-normal
temperatures (1-4°C below normal).
Rain totalled 10 to 60 mm
(locally more) from central and northern Ukraine into central
and northern Russia, maintaining good to excellent yield
prospects for reproductive corn as well as heading to filling
However, the wet conditions hampered winter
wheat dry down and harvesting, particularly in the more
northerly growing areas.
In southern Russia, light to moderate
showers (3-25 mm) maintained favourable conditions for
reproductive corn and sunflowers, though there were sufficient
breaks in the rainfall to promote winter wheat harvesting.
(nb. grain harvest area currently behind by around 30% on 2014)
Showery weather in western spring wheat areas contrasted
with increasingly dry conditions farther east.
approaching cold front triggered moderate to heavy showers
(10-50 mm) from Russia’s Urals District into northwestern
Kazakhstan, benefiting reproductive spring wheat.
Meanwhile, mostly sunny skies prevailed in the Siberia
District, though subsoil moisture remained mostly favourable
for reproductive spring wheat following timely early-July
Ahead of the cold front, temperatures averaged up
to 3°C above normal, with some heat stress possible in the
western Siberia District (33-37°C).
Farther south, excessive
heat (highs at or above 40°C, with weekly average
temperatures above 30°C) likely caused stress to irrigated
cotton in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.