Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Latest USDA weather update

Western FSU

Widespread, locally heavy showers lingered over key western and southern growing areas and ended the recent spell of excessive heat in eastern portions of the region.

A weak cool front generated 5 to 50 mm of rain (locally more) from Moldova and central Ukraine into western and southern Russia, further benefiting vegetative to reproductive corn and sunflowers but hampering winter wheat dry-down and harvesting.

However, drier weather by week’s end allowed winter crop harvesting to resume.

Meanwhile, lingering heat (35-38°C) stressed late developing winter wheat and vegetative summer crops in the southern Volga District, though widespread showers (10-50 mm) signalled the arrival of cooler air during the latter half of the period.

Eastern FSU

A return of showers to the region’s spring wheat areas contrasted with seasonably dry, hot conditions in southern cotton-growing areas.

Following last week’s warmth and dryness, widespread showers and thunderstorms (10-70 mm) boosted soil moisture for vegetative to reproductive spring wheat in northern Kazakhstan and neighbouring portions of central Russia.

Showers (10-35 mm) also boosted soil moisture for spring grains in the Siberia District, though western-most portions of the District were mostly dry (less than 5 mm).

Across the southern tier, seasonably dry, hot weather promoted cotton development over Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, though daytime highs above 40°C heightened irrigation requirements.