Global Weather Highlights: Favorable Conditions in Brazil

December 19, 2012 12:05 AM

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


  • EUROPE: Cold, Unsettled Weather Persisted
    - Cold, unsettled weather across much of central and northern Europe favored dormant winter crops.
    - Rain and locally heavy snow in the Balkans boosted moisture for winter wheat.
    - Showers returned to Spain and Italy, maintaining favorable prospects for vegetative winter grains.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Skies Returned
    Sunny skies promoted winter grain establishment in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia after a recent extended spell of wet weather.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Benefited Winter Grains
    - Periods of rain and high-elevation snow lingered in Turkey and Iran, maintaining favorable conditions for winter wheat and barley establishment.
    - Showers favored winter grains from Syria into northern Jordan.

  • FSU: Arctic Cold Threatened Russia’s Exposed Winter Grains
    - Arctic cold threatened exposed winter wheat across west-central Russia.
    - A moderate to deep snowpack insulated Ukraine’s winter grains from bitter cold.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Brief Showers And Mild Weather
    - Mild weather and a brief period of light rain favored winter wheat and rapeseed in northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Rain And Snow Increased Moisture Reserves For Winter Wheat
    - A mix of rain and snow boosted moisture reserves in wheat areas of the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Drier In The Philippines; More Rain In Java, Indonesia
    - Drier weather aided recovery efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Bopha.
    - Monsoon showers maintained adequate moisture supplies for rice in Java, Indonesia.

  • AUSTRALIA: Rain Benefited Summer Crops
    - In east-central Australia, scattered showers boosted topsoil moisture for vegetative summer crops.
    - In southeastern Australia, passing showers temporarily interrupted winter crop harvesting.
    - In Western Australia, unfavorably wet weather continued to hamper winter grain harvesting, increasing concerns about crop quality.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Conditions Favored Brazilian Crops; Somewhat Drier In Argentina
    - Moderate to heavy rain maintained generally favorable moisture for soybeans, corn, and other summer crops throughout central and southern Brazil.
    - Rainfall tapered off in Argentina, but lingering wetness slowed corn and soybean planting.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Beneficial Showers Overspread The Region
    - Locally heavy rain increased moisture for rain-fed summer crops, including corn and sugarcane.


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