USDA: Widespread Rains East Drought in Spain
April 25, 2012
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Widespread Rain Eases Drought In Spain
- Rain continues to provide a late boost to reproductive to filling wheat and barley in Spain.
- Showers improve prospects for winter and spring grains from England and France into Italy and the Balkans.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Additional Showers Benefit Winter Crops
- Light showers favor filling winter grains in Morocco but are too late for maturing crops.
- Locally heavy rain in Algeria and Tunisia benefits reproductive to filling winter wheat and barley.
MIDDLE EAST: Showers Maintain Soil Moisture For Winter Grain Development
- Widespread showers slow cotton planting but favor winter crop growth from Turkey into western Iran.
FSU: Western Rain Contrasts With Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness In The East
- Periods of rain across Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia slow fieldwork but boost soil moisture for winter wheat, barley, and rapeseed.
- Unseasonably warm, dry weather favors field preparations for spring wheat planting in Kazakhstan and central Russia, but reduces topsoil moisture.
SOUTH ASIA: Drier Weather Returns
- Seasonably dry weather returns to India, as cotton planting advances in the north.
EAST ASIA: Rain Aids Winter And Spring Crop Development
- In China, showers continue to benefit reproductive winter wheat and rapeseed as well as early doublecrop rice.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Wet Weather Slows Harvesting
- Wet weather slows harvest activities from southern Vietnam into the southern Philippines, and south into Java, Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Warm, Dry Weather Aids Summer Crop Harvesting
- In southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, relatively cool, showery weather is replaced by warmer, drier weather, allowing cotton and sorghum harvesting to regain momentum.
SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Benefits Brazil’s Winter Corn Crop
- Beneficial rain boosts moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn in key production areas of central and southern Brazil.
- In Argentina, warm, showery weather causes some interruptions in corn and soybean harvesting.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mild, Mostly Dry Weather Dominates
- Dry, somewhat warmer weather fosters drydown and maturation of summer crops.
MEXICO: Beneficial Rain Continues Along The Gulf Coast
- Showers maintain favorable prospects for winter sorghum and increase soil moisture for the early development of rain-fed corn and sugarcane.