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Western FSU Wheat Weather - Mar 2

2 Mar 2018 6:05 am
 
West and South Russia (Central Region, Black Soils region, Volga valley, 
Southern Russia=Rostov Oblast, Krasnodar Krai, Stravropol Krai, Northern 
Caucasus) 
 
Highlights: Snow yesterday or last night through the Black Soils region and the 
northern portion of the south Russia area, snow and rain through the southern 
portion of South Russia. Mostly dry elsewhere in the region. Temperatures 
averaged well below normal, except in the far south where it was not quite as 
cold. 
 
Forecast 
 Days 1-3: Snow today in the Black Soils Region and in southern Russia. 
Additional snow in the Black Soils region tomorrow or during Saturday. Southern 
Russia may see snow or rain during this time period. Little elsewhere in the 
region. Temperatures well below normal north and central areas, somewhat more 
variable south. 
 
 Days 4-5: Light to moderate precipitation favoring Southern Russia during this 
period. Temperatures average below to well below normal. 
 
Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus 
 
Highlights: Snow northwest, central and east areas during the past 24 hours. 
Melted precipitation totals of 0.25-1.00 inch in parts of South Ukraine, most 
of Central Ukraine and all of east Ukraine yesterday. Heavy snow likely 
occurred in this area. Temperatures averaged well below normal yesterday. 
 
Forecast: 
 Days 1-3: Snow may linger through north and east areas today. Snow redevelops 
through south and east areas Friday. Snow east, fair west, Saturday. 
Temperatures below to mostly well below normal during this period. 
 
 Days 4-5: Light snow may linger in the east Sunday. Mainly dry Monday. 
Temperatures average well below normal during this period but not as cold as it 
has been recently. 
 
WORLD WHEAT PROSPECTS 
 
    The overall dry weather pattern is expected to continue in the southern 
plains during the next 10 days. More rain will be needed to support the crop 
when it breaks dormancy. Episodes of cold weather will provide additional 
stress to a crop already experiencing dryness. 
    Recent warm temperatures have melted snow cover through key winter wheat 
areas of Turkey. Moisture supplies should favor any vegetative growth of winter 
wheat at this time. 
    Very cold weather covers wheat areas of Russia and Ukraine at this time. 
Wheat is likely protected from the coldest of this weather by an adequate to 
deep snow cover in most cases. 
    Winter wheat areas of Europe will also see well below normal temperatures 
for a couple more days. However, it does not appear to be cold enough to harm 
dormant winter wheat even in areas without a protective snow cover. Wheat areas 
in Spain and Italy will benefit from above normal winter time precipitation at 
this time, mostly rain in Spain and snow and rain in Italy. 
   Seasonal weather through the North China Plain at this time. No significant 
concerns for the dormant winter wheat crop. 
   Winter time rainfall through in Morocco and western Algeria. The added 
moisture will favor vegetative growth, although prior cold weather has slowed 
development somewhat. 
   Key winter wheat areas of Pakistan and India are dry and very warm at this 
time, increasing stress to this crop. 
 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 02, 2018 01:05 ET (06:05 GMT)
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