USDA: Several Global Rain Events Improve Crop Prospects

May 9, 2012 12:47 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:

  • EUROPE: Locally Heavy Rain Boosts Crop Prospects
    - Widespread, locally heavy rain boosts prospects for small grains and oilseeds in England, France, Italy, and western Germany. However, the wet weather is slowing summer crop planting.
    - Warm, showery weather improves soil moisture for winter wheat and rapeseed in Poland.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Additional Showers In Morocco
    - Additional showers benefit immature winter grains in northern Morocco.
    - Mostly sunny skies in Algeria and Tunisia favor filling winter wheat and barley.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Late-Week Showers Benefit Turkish Grains
    - Late-week showers and thunderstorms favor winter wheat and barley in Turkey.
    - Warm, dry weather promotes winter crop maturation across the eastern Mediterranean.

  • FSU: Western Warmth And Dryness Contrast With Beneficial Rain In The East
    - Unseasonably warm, dry weather accelerates winter crop development across Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia.
    - In Kazakhstan and central Russia, beneficial rain boosts soil moisture for spring wheat planting.
    - Showers in southern Kazakhstan slow cotton planting.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Pre-Monsoon Rains Diminish
    - Seasonally hot weather returns to most of India, as pre-monsoon showers diminish.

  • EAST ASIA: Drier Weather For Wheat
    - Sunny weather on the North China Plain, following last week’s rainfall, aids flowering winter wheat.
    - Cool weather limits rice, corn, and soybean planting in northeastern China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Move Into Thailand
    - Monsoon showers move into Thailand, spurring rice transplanting.

  • AUSTRALIA: Periods Of Rain And Sun Benefit Crops
    - In eastern Australia, passing showers cause only brief delays in summer crop harvesting.
    - Elsewhere in the wheat belt, showers help condition topsoils in advance of winter crop planting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Summer Crop Harvesting Progresses In Argentina
    - Mild, dry weather promotes Argentine corn and soybean harvesting.
    - Rain maintains overall favorable prospects for winter grains in southern Brazil.

  • MEXICO: Still Dry Along The Gulf Coast
    - Rain is needed for newly planted corn and sugarcane, following a reduction in seasonal rains.

  • CANADA: Showers Improve Prairie Planting Prospects
    - Mild, rainy weather boosts moisture for germination and establishment of spring grains and oilseeds.


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