Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Cold, dry weather favoured fieldwork and eased winter crops toward dormancy.

Precipitation was confined to western-most portions of the region (Moldova northward into western Belarus), maintaining soil moisture in these locales for winter crop establishment.

Elsewhere, dry weather facilitated seasonal fieldwork, including corn and sunflower harvesting in Ukraine.

Temperatures for the week averaged 3 to 6°C below normal, with hard freezes (-2°C or lower) reported in all but the southern-most winter wheat areas.

Winter wheat likely approached or entered dormancy from northern Ukraine into central Russia, where weekly average temperatures were below 5°C; weekly average temperatures above 5°C across the Black Sea coastal areas indicated wheat was still adding vegetative growth, or at the very least not yet dormant.