Cold, dry weather prevailed over much of the region.
weather (2-8°C below normal) kept winter crops
dormant from central Ukraine into central Russia and ushered
winter wheat into dormancy along the Black Sea Coast.
skies prevailed, encouraging the final stages of corn harvesting
Overall, winter crops entered dormancy in
favorable condition, although snow cover remained shallow
(less than 10 cm) and confined to northern winter wheat areas.