Moisture levels in Russia’s Volga region, which produced about 20 percent of the national crop this season, may improve this month on above-average precipitation.
Seven of 13 areas in the Volga Federal District will have precipitation of 10 percent to 30 percent above the norm, the state weather forecast center said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. The other six areas will have normal or close to normal levels, the forecaster’s data show. The average precipitation level is 19 millimeters to 32 millimeters (0.7 inch to 1.3 inches) depending on the area. The center didn’t specify whether the precipitation will take the form of rains or snowfall or both.
The Volga area was causing concern before the spring sowing campaign, which usually starts at the end of March or in early April, because soil was still dry after last year’s drought, chief forecaster Alexander Frolov said on Feb. 14.
Precipitation will also exceed the norm by as much as 35 percent in the Ural and Siberian Federal Districts and will be close to normal in the Southern Federal District in March, the center said. Average temperatures will be close to average across grain-producing regions, the data show.
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