Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Mild, sunny weather favoured late winter wheat development in the warmest locales but kept the
region uncharacteristically devoid of snow cover.

Following recent drought-alleviating November rainfall from central Ukraine into Russia’s Central District, sunny weather encouraged some late winter grain development in the warmest locales.

However, even with temperatures averaging 2 to 6°C above normal, winter crops were now dormant in most growing areas.

The recent spell of wet, warm weather melted the region’s protective snow cover, with winter crops now exposed to potential incursions of bitter cold.

Meanwhile, winter wheat in southern Russia eased toward dormancy, with weekly average temperatures below 5°C in all but southern-most portions of the region.