Unrelenting drought in parts of Ukraine and Russia’s Central District contrasted with additional beneficial rainfall in southern and central Russia.
In western-most growing areas, sunny skies and near-normal temperatures followed last week’s rain, encouraging winter wheat development from Moldova into western Ukraine.
Meanwhile, scattered light showers (mostly less than 5 mm) in central and eastern Ukraine as well as southern portions of Russia’s Central District offered little - if any - relief from drought; over the past 90 days, precipitation has tallied a meager 25% of normal or less in many of these core drought areas.
Consequently, prospects for winter wheat establishment are bleak where crops were sown due to a lack of moisture and the approach of seasonally colder weather.
Farther east, a slow moving cold front produced 5 to 30 mm of rainfall from the eastern Black Sea Coast northeastward into the Volga District, further improving soil moisture for winter wheat.