From southern and eastern Ukraine into southern Russia, mostly sunny, occasionally hot weather accelerated winter wheat drydown and promoted a rapid harvest pace.
While daytime highs approached or topped 35°C, there was little - if any - negative impact on vegetative corn and sunflowers; corn will likely enter the tassel stage during the first or second week of July in southern Russia.
Farther west and north, showers and thunderstorms (10-50 mm) from Moldova into Belarus and Russia’s Central District benefited spring grains and vegetative summer crops.
Widespread albeit highly variable showers continued over the region’s primary spring wheat areas, while cooler, unsettled conditions settled over southern portions of the region.
For the third consecutive week, showers and thunderstorms across northern Kazakhstan and central Russia boosted soil moisture for crop establishment.
Rainfall totals varied from 1 to 51 mm, though most crop areas reported more than 5 mm.
Easternmost spring wheat areas received moderate to heavy rainfall (15-100 mm), easing moisture demands brought on by last week’s heat.
Farther south, showers (2-40 mm) provided supplemental moisture for irrigated cotton and resulted in cooler-than-normal temperatures (up to 3°C below normal) from northern Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan into eastern Kyrgyzstan.