Thursday, 23 February 2017

USDA January weather summary for western FSU

In January, dormant winter wheat was well insulated by a moderate to deep snowpack over central and northern portions of the region.

However, southern Russia dealt with fleeting snow cover, though the coldest weather was coincident with sufficient snow insulation.

Precipitation averaged near to above normal in Ukraine as well as western and northern Russia (mostly falling as snow).

In contrast, dry weather (20-60 percent of normal) was reported in the Russia’s Southern District, but the lack of agricultural activity minimized the impacts of the dryness.

Overall, soil moisture reserves remained adequate for spring growth.