Thursday, 18 May 2017

April weather summary for western FSU

During April, wet weather maintained or boosted already favourable yield prospects for winter wheat from southern and eastern Ukraine into western Russia.

In particular, 50 to 100 mm of rain (100-285 percent of normal) was reported over primary winter wheat areas from southern Ukraine into southwestern Russia.

In contrast, short-term drought intensified in northern Ukraine, where April rain tallied less than 50 percent of normal.

This marked the third consecutive month of below normal precipitation in north-central Ukraine, further reducing soil moisture for corn planting and establishment.