USDA: Beneficial Rains in South America

November 30, 2011 12:22 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Mostly Dry; Crops Now Dormant In Central And Eastern Crop Areas
    - Dry weather favors late summer crop harvesting, while winter grains and oilseeds are now dormant in central and eastern Europe.
    - Showers across Spain boost moisture for winter grain planting and establishment.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Heavy Rain Continues
    - Locally heavy rain maintains excellent soil moisture for wheat and barley establishment.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain And Snow Maintain Favorable Early Wheat Prospects
    - Rain in Iran maintains favorable early season prospects for winter wheat and barley.
    - Winter grains enter dormancy on Turkey’s Anatolia Plateau.

  • FSU: Seasonably Cold; Crops Dormant
    - Winter crops are dormant. Snow cover in Russia affords protection against incursions of bitter cold.
    - Concerns persist for Ukraine winter wheat, which is devoid of snow cover and locally poorly established.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Showers In Southern India, Drier Elsewhere
    - Showers from a tropical depression bring late-season moisture to southern India, benefiting cotton and groundnuts.
    - Warm, dry weather favors the early stages of cotton harvesting in central and western India.

  • EAST ASIA: Cooler Weather Overspreads China
    - Cooler weather prevails in eastern China, slowing winter wheat growth.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Beneficial Rains In Java, Indonesia; More Flooding In The Philippines
    - Rain favors establishment of main-season rice in Java, Indonesia.
    - More flooding in the Philippines necessitates replanting of rice and corn.

  • AUSTRALIA: Too Wet In The East, Still Favorably Dry In The West
    - Heavy rain in New South Wales and Queensland delays winter grain harvesting and increases concerns about crop quality while maintaining abundant to locally excessive moisture supplies for summer crops.
    - Widespread showers in South Australia and Victoria hamper wheat, barley, and canola harvesting.
    - In Western Australia, mostly dry weather continues to favor winter crop dry down and harvesting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Maintains Generally Favorable Conditions For Summer Crops
    - Early week rain increases moisture for winter grains and summer crops throughout much of central and northeastern Argentina.
    - Showers maintain overall favorable conditions for soybeans and other crops, including coffee and sugarcane, throughout south-central Brazil.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Showers Bring Some Relief From Dryness
    - Scattered showers boost topsoil moisture for germination of corn and other summer crops.


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