Heavy rain in the west contrasted with warm, dry weather in central and eastern wheat areas.
A stationary storm system
produced moderate to heavy rainfall (25-110 mm, locally
more) from Belarus and northwestern Russia into central and
The wet weather eased or ended short-term
drought over central and western Ukraine and improved
prospects for winter wheat establishment.
in low-lying fields may necessitate replanting winter wheat or
waiting for spring to plant warm-season crops.
sunny skies and late-season warmth (3-7°C above normal)
promoted winter wheat development from eastern Ukraine into
central and southern Russia.