USDA: Cold Temps Threaten Establishing Wheat in Russia

November 16, 2011 12:37 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Showers Boost Southern Wheat Prospects
    - Showers across Spain and Italy boost moisture for winter wheat planting but hamper corn harvesting.
    - Dry, mild weather in England, France, and Germany benefits wheat, barley, and rapeseed.
    - Soil moisture continues to decline in eastern Europe under a persistent dry weather pattern.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Dry Weather Is Followed By More Showers
    - A period of dry weather promotes winter crop planting. However, showers return to western portions of the region, maintaining excellent soil moisture for wheat and barley.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Maintain Favorable Early Wheat Prospects
    - Rain and snow from the eastern Mediterranean into Iran maintain favorable early season prospects for winter wheat and barley.
    - Drier weather in southern Turkey promotes late cotton harvesting.

  • FSU: Cold Weather Threatens Southern Wheat
    - Early week bitter cold surges into southern Russia, threatening recently emerged winter wheat.
    - Cold weather expands over much of the region, ushering winter crops into dormancy.
    - Additional showers slow cotton harvesting in Kirgizia and southern Kazakhstan.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Warm, Dry Weather
    - Seasonably warm, sunny weather favors opening cotton bolls in southern India as well as vegetative winter wheat and rapeseed development in northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Showers Increase Moisture Reserves For Winter Crops
    - Passing showers provide favorable moisture for vegetative winter wheat and rapeseed in China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Beneficial Rains In Java, Indonesia
    - Increasing showers in Java, Indonesia boost moisture supplies for rice transplanting.
    - Drier weather eases flooding for rice in the eastern Philippines, although unseasonably heavy rains slow rice and corn harvesting in the western Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Harvesting Slowly Gains Momentum In The West
    - Much-needed, drier weather in Western Australia helps dry waterlogged winter grains and oilseeds.
    - In southeastern Australia, soaking rains interrupt winter crop harvesting before drier weather returns.
    - Hot, dry weather in east-central Australia aids wheat harvesting and early summer crop development.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Heavy Rain Favors Argentine Crops; Drier In Brazil
    - Widespread rain benefits winter grains and summer crops throughout much of Argentina.
    - In Brazil, dry weather aids soybean planting but moisture is needed for coffee and sugarcane.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Corn Planting Progresses, But Rain Is Needed
    - Unseasonable warmth and dryness overspread the corn belt, aiding fieldwork but limiting moisture for emerging summer crops.


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