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Russian Rainfall to Ease, Improving November Crop Outlook

Crop conditions will improve this month in Russia’s Volga federal district, where rain has hampered harvesting and winter sowing since September, the Federal Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring said.

Soil saturation may be reduced due to lighter precipitation and temperatures close to or below the monthly average in Volga, as well as the Southern and North Caucasus districts, parts of which also experienced heavy rains last month, the service, also known as Roshydromet, said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

Volga will get as much as 35 percent less rain than the monthly norm, the Southern district will get 25 percent less and North Caucasus 15 percent less, it said.

Temperatures will be above average in November and vary between minus 0.4 degrees Celsius (31.3 degrees Fahrenheit) and minus 5.5 degrees in Volga, Roshydromet said. Temperatures will be as much as 0.3 degrees Celsius below the average and range between 1 and 7.7 degrees Celsius in the Southern and North-Caucasus districts, according to the forecast.

Weather conditions for the start of the wintering of grain plantings this month will be “mainly satisfactory” in European Russia, most grain-growing areas of the Ural federal district and in West Siberia, Roshydromet’s weather forecast center said on its website today. Winter crops in the North Caucasus area should have “a good moisture level,” it said.

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