Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Latest USDA weather update for western FSU

Sunny skies prevailed over much of the region, promoting fieldwork and winter crop development.

High pressure extending from Scandinavia into western Russia maintained dry, warm weather (2-5°C above normal) over much of the region, promoting the development of vegetative to heading winter wheat following recent rainfall.

The sunny, mild conditions also favored corn and sunflower sowing, though showers (10-40 mm) in western Ukraine slowed soybean planting.

Despite the overall good to excellent conditions for winter crops, a lack of rain in north-central Ukraine exacerbated short-term drought (25-50 percent of normal rainfall over the past 60 days), leaving soil moisture in short supply for corn planting and emergence.