USDA: Additional Rains for Argentina and Central Brazil

October 24, 2012 01:14 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Widespread Rain Benefited Winter Crops
    - Additional, widespread rain benefited winter crop establishment across Spain, France, and England.
    - Much-needed showers improved winter wheat prospects in Italy and the northern Balkans, while drought persisted in the lower Danube River Valley.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Dry Weather Prevailed
    - Dry weather promoted a rapid pace of winter grain planting, although showers returned to Turkey by week’s end.

  • FSU: Rainy Weather In The North Contrasted With Southern Dryness
    - Showers boosted moisture for winter wheat in Ukraine, Belarus, and western Russia.
    - Sunny, warm weather in southern Russia reduced soil moisture for winter wheat establishment.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Dry Weather Favored Summer Crop Harvesting And Winter Crop Planting
    - Seasonably dry weather favored fieldwork across India, with showers in Tamil Nadu boosting moisture supplies for rabi groundnuts.

  • EAST ASIA: Winter Crop Planting Continued
    - Warm, dry weather benefited winter wheat and rapeseed planting across China.
    - A widespread freeze in northeastern China ended the growing season and aided drydown of corn and soybeans.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Seasonably Dry Weather Aided Rice Maturation
    - Dry weather across much of Indochina aided rice maturation as well as coffee harvesting in Vietnam.

  • AUSTRALIA: Hot, Dry Weather Stressed Immature Winter Grains
    - In northern New South Wales and Queensland, hot, dry weather aided winter wheat maturation but increased irrigation requirements for summer crops, which are currently being planted.
    - In southeastern Australia, heat and dryness reduced the yield potential of filling winter grains.
    - In Western Australia, hot, dry weather accelerated wheat, barley, and canola development.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Wet Weather Continued In Argentina And Central Brazil
    - Soaking rain maintained locally excessive levels of moisture for winter grains and emerging summer crops in central Argentina.
    - Beneficial rain continued in key soybean areas of central Brazil, while drier weather brought some relief to winter wheat in Rio Grande do Sul.

  • MEXICO: Tropical Moisture Boosted Northwestern Reservoirs
    - Showers gave a late-season boost to northwestern watersheds, but drier conditions prevailed for maturing corn farther south.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Beneficial Rain Continued
    - Rain increased moisture for summer crop germination in eastern sections of the corn belt.


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