Rains Delay Wheat Harvest in Europe

August 24, 2011 04:30 AM


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

  • EUROPE: Additional Rain Further Delays Harvesting
    -Occasional showers over much of central and northern Europe hamper small grain harvesting and raise crop quality concerns. The rain, however, is favorable for reproductive to filling summer crops.
    -Somewhat drier weather in southeastern England and northern France allows producers to resume fieldwork, including early rapeseed planting and winter grain harvesting.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Seasonably Dry Weather Promotes Late Winter Crop Harvesting

  • FSU: Dry, Warm Weather Promotes Maturation And Harvesting
    -Showers in Belarus and Ukraine further delay late winter crop harvesting and maintain quality concerns. However, the rain is favorable for reproductive summer crops.
    -Dry, warm weather in Russia favors spring wheat maturation and winter grain and oilseed harvesting.
    -Cooler conditions in the wake of last week’s excessive heat in southern growing areas ease stress on cotton.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Heavy Showers In India And Pakistan
    -Heavy monsoon rains in India maintain favorable soil moisture for cotton and groundnuts in the west as well as rice in the east.
    -Meanwhile, heavy showers flood rice areas in southern Pakistan.

  • EAST ASIA: More Rain From Muifa
    -Showers from the remnants of Typhoon Muifa benefit reproductive corn, cotton, and soybeans in China but cause flooding for rice on the Korean Peninsula.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Showers Aid Rice Development
    -Seasonable rainfall in Indochina and the Philippines promotes rice development.

  • AUSTRALIA: Beneficial Showers In Most Areas
    -In Western Australia, intermittent rain and sun maintain near ideal weather for winter crops.
    -Showers continue in southeastern Australia, benefiting vegetative winter grains and oilseeds.
    -More rain is needed in Queensland, where unfavorably dry weather slows winter wheat development.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warm, Dry Weather Spurs Seasonal Fieldwork
    -In Argentina, warm, mostly dry weather aids the final stages of summer crop harvesting and winter grain planting.
    -Warmth and dryness spur drydown and harvesting of cotton and winter wheat in central Brazil, but wetter conditions prevail in southern farming areas.

  • MEXICO: Showers Continue, Albeit Lighter In Southern Areas
    -Seasonal showers continue, although amounts were lower than in recent weeks for corn and other rainfed summer crops in most southern farming areas.

  • CANADA: Mild, Showery Weather Prevails Across The Prairies
    -Light showers accompany milder weather, favoring the development of immature spring grains and oilseeds.

Juli says: Wheat traders have been keeping a close eye on harvest conditions in Europe, as the recent runup in prices has come on concerns about the quality of the crop in areas of central and northern Europe.

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