Mild, showery weather kept soils favorably moist for early spring grain planting.
Across central Russia and
neighboring portions of northern Kazakhstan, this season’s
snowpack melted during the early to middle part of April,
allowing producers to begin preparing fields for spring
During the past week, light to moderate
showers (2-15 mm) maintained good soil moisture for early
wheat and barley planting, while temperatures up to 5°C
above normal ensured there was no late-season snow to
impede early fieldwork.
Farther south, 10 to 30 mm of rain
maintained adequate to abundant moisture reserves for
vegetative winter wheat in Uzbekistan, while late-season
mountain snow boosted irrigation reserves for early cotton
planting and establishment.