Some of the “best rains” in a month appear headed for much of Ukraine and far SW Russia, regions suffering from extended drought and poor winter crop emergence. Potentially widespread .50-1.25 inch totals and a return of warmer than normal temperatures may stimulate additional late season planting and emergence.
Remote sensing (Oct 15), shows winter wheat regions of E Ukraine and SW Russia mainly “worse than normal” compared to the long term mean (golds).
Much of the “heart” of Russia and Ukraine’s winter wheat shows dry soils returning for week #2.
Rainfall in the next 7 days will potentially go a long way in stimulating late emergence in the E Ukraine as temperatures now appear to co-operate, averaging above normal for the next 7 -10 days and nights stay mainly above freezing.