Early-week rainfall was followed by sunny skies, aiding
fieldwork later in the period.
Widespread moderate to heavy
showers and thunderstorms (10-110 mm) maintained adequate
to abundant soil moisture for filling corn and sunflowers over
key growing areas from north-central Ukraine into western and
Rain was lighter, however, in west-central
Ukraine (4-15 mm), where short-term drought (25-60 percent of
normal over the past 90 days) has lowered yield prospects for
soybeans and corn in this part of the country.
Drier weather in
Ukraine and Russia later in the period promoted summer crop
maturation and harvesting.
Despite the overall favorable
conditions for summer crops, spring wheat in the southern Volga
District was subjected to excessive heat (38-41°C), which
coupled with increasing short-term drought (25-50 percent of
normal over the past 60 days) has reduced yield potential as the
crop progressed through the filling stages of development.
Sunny, increasingly warm weather accelerated spring wheat
(north) and cotton (south) toward maturity.
precipitation during the growing season over much of northern
Kazakhstan and neighboring portions of central Russia, sunny
skies and above-normal temperatures (3-7°C above normal)
favored spring wheat maturation.
Despite the nearly-ideal
conditions, western-most spring wheat areas (southwestern
Urals District and southeastern Volga District) experienced heat
(33-38°C) and intensifying short-term drought (25-60 percent of
normal over the past 60 days), reducing the yield potential for
filling spring wheat in these areas.
The negative impacts are
most pronounced in the southeastern Volga District, where
satellite-derived vegetation health imagery depicts fair to poor
Elsewhere in Russia and northern Kazakhstan,
satellite imagery shows good to excellent conditions in the
spring wheat belt as the crop progresses through the filling
stages of development.
Farther south, seasonable heat (35-
39°C) and dryness in Uzbekistan accelerated cotton toward
maturity, with the harvest typically beginning during the second
half of September.