Global Weather Highlights: Rains Intensified over Argentina

February 27, 2013 12:20 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Cold, increasingly snowy in central and northern growing areas, cold, snowy weather favored dormant winter crops. Showers continued across southern Europe, benefiting vegetative winter wheat.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Locally heavy rain continued. Rain intensified in Morocco, maintaining excellent prospect s for winter wheat and barley. Additional showers benefited vegetative winter grains in Algeria and Tunisia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Mild, wet weather prevailed from Turkey into Iraq further eased dormant winter grains out of dormancy in the north and facilitated additional vegetative growth in the south.

  • FSU: In the south above-normal temperatures across southern portions of Ukraine and Russia encouraged unusually early spring grain planting and eased some winter crops out of dormancy. Colder weather from Belarus into central and northern Russia maintained a moderate to deep snowpack and kept winter crops dormant.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably drier weather returned to India as rapeseed neared maturation and wheat continued to fill.

  • EAST ASIA: Warming weather initiated greening of rapeseed in the Yangtze Valley as well as rice transplanting in southern portions of China. Winter wheat remained dormant but was losing cold hardiness with warmer weather overspreading the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Lighter rainfall in Java, Indonesia, aided rice maturation. Torrential rainfall in the Philippines caused flooding across eastern corn and rice areas.

  • AUSTRALIA: Scattered showers continued to benefit immature cotton and sorghum, while pockets of dry weather spurred maturation of the earliest-planted summer crops.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: RModerate to heavy rain increased moisture for summer grains, oilseeds, a nd cotton in key production areas of Argentina, though dryness lingered over southernmost production areas. Beneficial rain continued throughout major corn and soybean areas of southern and central Brazil but pockets of dryness persisted in the northeast, limiting moisture for soybeans and cotton.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, dry weather sped development of rain-fed summer crops, though moisture was limited for agriculture in western sections of the corn belt.


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