Beneficial showers in Russia contrasted with a return to dry weather in Ukraine.
In southern and eastern Ukraine’s winter
wheat areas, mostly dry, warm weather (up to 2°C above
normal) accelerated winter wheat through the flowering stage
Wheat conditions in Ukraine are highly
variable, with satellite-derived vegetation health data
indicating excellent conditions in southern and eastern
portions of the country contrasting with locally poor
vegetation health in central Ukraine due to spring dryness
Across north-central and western Ukraine, light
to locally moderate showers (2-14 mm) maintained topsoil
moisture for corn and soybean emergence and establishment,
though here, too, localized drought lingered.
widespread showers and thunderstorms (2-30 mm, locally
more) sustained excellent yield prospects for flowering to
filling winter wheat from the southern Central District into
the Southern and North Caucasus Districts.
moderate to heavy rain (10-70 mm, locally more) boosted
moisture reserves for vegetative small grains and summer
crops from eastern Belarus into Russia’s Volga District.