Wet weather prevailed over much of the region, sustaining good to excellent winter crop prospects but curtailing seasonal fieldwork.
A slow-moving disturbance triggered widespread showers and thunderstorms - some with large hail and heavy downpours - from eastern Belarus and northern Ukraine into western and southern Russia.
Hail was most prominent in central and southern portions of Russia’s Southern District early in the period, but impacts on regional crop production were minor, if any.
In fact, the rain (10-70 mm, locally more) maintained good to excellent prospects for reproductive to filling winter wheat in Russia and Ukraine, though late summer crop sowing was slowed or halted by the locally heavy downpours.
Favourably dry weather in the north contrasted with additional beneficial rainfall in southern portions of the region.
Across northern Kazakhstan and neighbouring portions of central Russia, sunny skies and near-normal temperatures promoted a rapid pace of spring wheat planting.
However, for a second consecutive week eastern-most portions of the spring wheat belt tallied heavier showers (10-40 mm), slowing fieldwork but maintaining adequate to abundant soil moisture for wheat establishment.
Farther south, heavy showers and thunderstorms (10-95 mm, locally more) over eastern Uzbekistan and environs provided supplemental moisture for irrigated winter wheat, which was in the reproductive to grainfill stages of development.