Beneficial rain in southern and central growing areas contrasted with developing dryness in northern Ukraine.
slow-moving storm system produced 10 to 50 mm of rain from
southeastern Ukraine into southern and central Russia,
maintaining abundant moisture supplies for jointing winter
A second area of moderate to heavy rain (10-40 mm)
boosted moisture supplies for vegetative spring grains in
Belarus and northwestern Russia.
Despite the active weather
pattern, rain bypassed areas from Moldova into central Ukraine
and Russia’s Central District.
The dryness was welcomed in
Moldova and Russia, where precipitation over the past 60 days
has totaled 100 to 200 percent of normal.
However, the lack of
rain in north-central Ukraine exacerbated developing short term
drought (25-50 percent of normal rainfall over the past 60
days), leaving soil moisture in short supply for corn and
sunflower planting and emergence.