USDA: Dryness Worsens in Central Russia
May 2, 2012
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Widespread Rain Alleviates Spring Dryness
- Rain continues to provide a late boost to reproductive to filling wheat and barley in Spain.
- Widespread, locally heavy rain alleviates spring dryness and improves prospects for small grains and oilseeds in England, France, Italy, and western Germany.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Additional Showers Benefit Winter Crops
- Showers benefit filling winter grains in northern Morocco.
- Sunny skies in Algeria and Tunisia favor reproductive to filling winter wheat and barley.
MIDDLE EAST: Warm Weather Accelerates Winter Grain Development
- Warm, dry weather accelerates cotton planting and winter crop growth from Turkey into western Iran. However, showers are returning to Turkey.
FSU: Western Rain Contrasts With Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness In The East
- Showers persist across Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia, slowing fieldwork but boosting soil moisture for winter wheat, barley, and rapeseed.
- Unseasonably warm, dry weather continues in Kazakhstan and central Russia, favoring field preparations for spring wheat planting but reducing soil moisture.
SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Hot Weather Continues
- Seasonably hot weather and adequate irrigation spur early cotton development in northern India.
EAST ASIA: Heavy Showers Favor Wheat
- Widespread showers boost moisture supplies for flowering winter wheat in China.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Pre-Monsoon Rains In Thailand
- Pre-monsoon rainfall in eastern Thailand helps prepare soils for rice transplanting.
AUSTRALIA: Cool, Wet Weather Returns To The East
- In southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, cool, wet weather slows cotton and sorghum harvesting, but maintains abundant moistures supplies in advance of winter wheat planting.
SOUTH AMERICA: A Killing Freeze Covers Argentina’s Southern Farming Areas
- Freezing weather ends the growing season for late-planted soybeans and corn in Argentina's southernmost farming areas.
- Rain increases moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn in key production areas of Brazil.
MEXICO: Drier Weather Prevails
- Dry weather promotes sugarcane and corn planting in eastern production areas, but additional, more widespread rain is needed to boost topsoil moisture for planting in other locations.