Thursday, 18 May 2017

April weather summary for eastern FSU

Mild conditions lingered into April in the north’s spring wheat areas, while beneficial rain and mountain snow fell in southern portions of the region.

Temperatures during April averaged 1 to 2°C above normal over spring wheat areas of northern Kazakhstan and neighboring portions of Russia, allowing snow to melt by month’s end and early fieldwork to commence.

Farther south, moderate to heavy rain and mountain snow (25-180 mm liquid equivalent) boosted irrigation supplies for cotton planting and establishment in southern Kazakhstan and eastern Uzbekistan.

In addition, the wetter-than-normal weather (100-400 percent of normal) sustained favorable supplemental moisture for irrigated winter wheat as it progressed through the reproductive phases of development