Increased Dry Conditions Across Black Sea Region to Negatively Impact Wheat

Gaithersburg, MD - May 22, 2018 - May 22, 2018 - A recent wetter pattern across Black Sea wheat areas improved moisture and prospects for early winter wheat growth, especially across northeastern Ukraine and the Central Region of Russia.

However, rains are expected to become quite limited in the region over the next couple of weeks and will allow moisture shortages and stress to build once again. 

“Rainfall over the next ten days is expected to average less than half of normal across nearly all of the winter wheat belt,” said Don Keeney, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist for Radiant Solutions

“The drier pattern will allow moisture supplies to decline rapidly once again, which will build stress on winter wheat.” 

In addition, temperatures will be warming to above normal across Ukraine and much of southern and western Russia, which will accelerate the drying of soils.  

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