USDA: Cold, Snowy Conditions Return to Europe

March 20, 2013 01:05 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Below-normal temperatures slow ed winter crop growth in France and southern England. Locally heavy snow kept winter grains and oilseeds dormant in Germany and Poland. Rain in southern Europe benefited winter wheat and barley but hampered corn planting.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Widespread rain maintained excellent yield prospects for vegetative to re productive wheat and barley.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Intense, unseasonable heat stressed reproductive winter wheat and barley from Lebanon and southern Syria into southern Iraq and southwestern Iran. Warm, showery weather accelerated winter grain growth in Turkey and northwestern Iran.

  • FSU: A late-season snowstorm maintained abundant moisture reserves for dormant winter crops from Belarus and northern Ukraine into northern Russia. Moderate to heavy showers provided much-needed soil moisture for winter grains in southern Ukraine and Russia’s Southern District, where crop development has been accelerated by unseasonable warmth.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Brief showers provided unfavorable wetness to maturing wheat in northern India, but seasonably hot weather aided drydown.

  • EAST ASIA: Showers across the Yangtze Valley boosted moisture supplies for winter rapeseed nearing reproduction, as well as emerging spring corn and rice in southern and western extents. After unseasonably warm weather accelerated greening of dormant wheat on the North China Plain, seasonably colder weather returned, slowing green-up.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Heavy showers in parts of Java, Indonesia, delayed rice harvesting and caused localized flooding.

  • AUSTRALIA: Warm, mostly dry weather favored summer crop maturation and harvesting in eastern Australia.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: After a brief respite, rain returned to central Argentina, boosting moisture for immature summer grains and oilseeds. In Brazil, widespread, locally heavy rain benefited most major farming areas, including recently dry soybean and cotton areas of the northeastern interior.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Moisture remained limited for immature summer crops across the corn belt.


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