Over western and southern Russia’s primary growing areas, another week with widespread moderate to heavy showers (5-50 mm, locally more) maintained adequate to abundant soil moisture for reproductive (north) to filling (south) winter wheat as well as vegetative small grains, corn, and sunflowers.
However, the persistent wetness raised concerns over grain quality and made early drydown and harvesting efforts difficult.
In Ukraine, moderate to heavy showers (10-40 mm) were reported in all but drought-afflicted north-central growing areas.
As a result, crop areas bordering Russia, Belarus, and the immediate Black Sea Coast continued to experience good to excellent growing conditions for vegetative corn and soybeans (north and west) as well as sunflowers (east).
However, dryness and drought continued to adversely impact filling winter wheat and vegetative summer crops from west-central Ukraine into primary corn and soybean areas in north-central portions of the country (90-day rainfall locally less than 50 percent of normal).
Latest satellite-derived vegetation health data depicted a sharp gradient between severe crop stress in north-central Ukraine and good to excellent vegetation health from the Black Sea Coast into eastern Ukraine.