Rain continued, further easing drought in Ukraine and Russia’s Central District while maintaining favourable winter wheat prospects in southern Russia.
In the region’s hardest-hit autumn drought areas (central and eastern Ukraine into Russia’s Central District), 7-day rainfall totalled 10 to 60 mm.
While not enough to eradicate the lingering 90-day rainfall deficits, the precipitation provided additional much-needed moisture for late winter wheat establishment in the still vegetative southern growing areas.
Despite the warmer-than normal conditions, weekly average temperatures remained below 5°C from northeastern Ukraine into the Central District, indicating the rain was too late to aid winter wheat establishment in these more northerly crop areas.
Meanwhile, winter wheat in southern Russia benefited from another timely soaking, with 10 to 40 mm reported over many of the major wheat oblasts in Russia’s Southern and North Caucasus Districts.
In the Krasnodar Oblast in the southwestern corner of Russia’s Southern District (a key wheat producer), most stations have received 105 to nearly 140 mm of rainfall since October 10, supporting good prospects for winter wheat establishment.