USDA: Additional Snow Protects Ukraine's Crops From Bitter Cold

February 1, 2012 12:31 AM
 

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

  • EUROPE: Mild, Wet Weather Continues In The North
    - Mild, wet weather in northern and eastern Europe melts much of the region’s protective snow cover, with colder air arriving by week’s end in eastern-most growing areas.
    - Short-term dryness in Spain reduces soil moisture for semi-dormant wheat and barley.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Expand Over The Region
    - After a brief respite, widespread showers return, boosting soil moisture for vegetative wheat and barley.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Heavy Snow Insulates Crops
    - Locally heavy snow in Turkey insulates winter grains from increasingly cold weather.
    - Rain and snow maintain excellent winter crop prospects from northern Syria into northern Iran.

  • FSU: Bitter Cold, Additional Snowfall In Ukraine
    - Additional snow in Ukraine helps protect winter crops from bitter cold, although some localized burnback is possible in areas with shallow snow cover.
    - Despite bitter cold, dormant winter grains are adequately insulated by snow in Russia and Belarus.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Beneficially Cool For Wheat
    - Cool, sunny weather favors reproductive winter wheat and rapeseed in northern India.
    - Warm, dry conditions benefit cotton harvesting in southern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Snow And Ice In Southern China
    - Snow and ice in southern China cause little if any harm to dormant winter rapeseed.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Drier Conditions Favor Harvesting In The Philippines
    - A respite from inundating rainfall encourages corn and rice harvesting in the Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Heavy Showers Soak Summer Crops
    - In southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, frequent, locally heavy showers benefit reproductive summer crops but cause some flooding.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Beneficial Rain Returns To Argentina And Southern Brazil
    - Locally heavy rain benefits late-planted corn and soybeans in central Argentina.
    -. Showers return to southern Brazil, boosting soil moisture for corn and soybeans. Elsewhere, conditions remain overall favorable for summer row crops, as well as coffee, sugarcane, and citrus.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Aids Summer Crops
    - Scattered showers and summer warmth benefit corn and rain-fed sugarcane.


 

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