Scattered showers and thundershowers (10-30 mm, locally
more) spread across Belarus and western Russia, maintaining
adequate to abundant moisture supplies for corn, soybeans, and
The showers were generally passing in nature,
allowing winter wheat harvesting to progress during drier
Elsewhere in the region, showers and thundershowers
(10-30 mm, locally more) overspread Ukraine as well.
rain was welcome in west-central sections of the country,
providing a needed boost in soil moisture for corn and
soybeans in the wake of recent short-term dryness.
generally seasonable start, temperatures in Belarus, Ukraine,
and western Russia slowly crept up during the week.
Temperatures averaged 3 to 5°C above normal for the week,
with maximum temperatures often exceeding 35°C in
southeastern Ukraine and the Southern District in Russia
during the latter half.
Summer crops are generally in the late
reproductive to filling stages of development.
As a result, the
heat likely increased stress on summer crops, however, large
reductions in yield potential are unlikely because crops are
beyond the most critical stages of development.
Widely scattered showers in northern Kazakhstan and central
Russia continued to favour late reproductive to filling spring
Rainfall amounts were highly variable, with some
locations receiving nearly 25 mm of rain and many locations
tallying no rainfall.
Despite this variability, soil moisture was
adequate to abundant throughout the region and crop prospects
remained good to excellent.
Temperatures averaged up to 2°C
above normal in western spring wheat producing areas (i.e.,
Urals District of Russia) and up to 2°C below normal in
southern and eastern producing areas (i.e., northern Kazakhstan,
Siberia District in Russia).
Farther south, seasonably hot,
mostly dry weather favored open-boll cotton in Uzbekistan.