A spring drought in wheat growing regions on the Black Sea has already reduced the outlook for this year's harvest but forecast rains could halt the damage in the coming days and weeks, a crucial period for crop development.
A hot dry April followed an unusual January-February cold snap which hit shoots of winter wheat from Bulgaria to Krasnodar, in southern Russia, resulting in forecasts of substantial declines in national wheat crops throughout the region, and a bigger drop in exports from Russia in particular.