Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Above-normal temperatures kept the region uncharacteristically devoid of snow cover.

Light to moderate rain and wet snow (3- 20 mm liquid equivalent) further improved soil moisture reserves from Belarus and northern Ukraine into central and southern Russia.

However, temperatures for the week averaged 2 to 5°C above normal, which kept most primary winter wheat areas lacking a protective snow cover.

At week’s end, snow was shallow (2-10 cm) and confined to the Volga District and southern portions of the Central District. 

Despite the widespread abnormal warmth, winter wheat was now dormant across the entire region as weekly average temperatures slipped below 5°C in all growing areas.