Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Moderate to heavy precipitation alleviated lingering dryness concerns in Ukraine and sustained favorable crop prospects in Russia.

A slow-moving storm system produced 10 to 80 mm of rain and wet snow from Moldova and south-central Ukraine into central Russia, while a trailing cold front triggered light to moderate showers (5-25 mm) in southern Russia.

The precipitation in Ukraine continued to improve wheat prospects following a protracted dry spell during late winter and early spring.

In southern Russia, soil moisture supplies for vegetative winter wheat remained good to excellent.

However, the wet weather hampered summer crop planting across Moldova, southern Ukraine, and much of Russia, while corn and soybean planting in northern and western Ukraine was able to proceed without significant delay where rain was lighter (less than 5 mm).

In the storm’s wake, chilly weather (3-6°C below normal) settled over much of the region, though the accompanying hard freezes (-10 to -2°C) likely had little widespread impact on agriculture.