Thursday, 12 November 2015

Latest USDA weather update

Western FSU

Sunny skies exacerbated drought in parts of Ukraine and Russia’s Central District but favored winter wheat development in southern Russia.

The core of the region’s drought extended from central and eastern Ukraine northward into Russia’s Central District.

In these areas, 60-day precipitation ranged from less than 10 percent of normal in central Ukraine to 10 to 25 percent of normal in western and southern portions of the central District.

Furthermore, weekly average temperatures have dropped below 5°C in most of the drought-afflicted crop areas, indicating the opportunity for proper winter wheat establishment has ended.

In contrast, winter wheat in southern Russia benefited from the sunny skies and near normal temperatures following recent rain, with weekly average temperatures above 5°C supporting some additional crop growth.