RUSSIA - Fears around winter crop condition in parts of Russia and Ukraine look to be subsiding for now as forecasters project less harsh temperatures and greater snow cover in the coming days.
These worries have supported wheat markets recently, but this support appears to be declining as weather conditions improve.
MDA weather services data suggest that precipitation (snowfall at this time of year) in northern Ukraine and parts of western Russia has been at less than 20 per cent of normal levels for the past 45 days.
With only shallow snow cover, recent temperatures considerably below average (the USDA has reported temperatures as low as -23 Celsius) raised fears of damage to exposed winter crops.
However, MDA forecasts now suggest that temperatures and precipitation should improve, helping prevent further damage to crops.
Forecast temperature departure from average, Celsius, 10-14 Dec
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