USDA: Cool Temps Slow Crop Growth in Argentina

April 4, 2012 07:33 AM

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


  • EUROPE: Drought Continues In Spain
    - Dry weather returns to Spain, maintaining drought concerns and lowering prospects for winter grains.
    - Warm, dry weather across northern Europe accelerates fieldwork and winter crop development.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Rain Benefits Crops, But Mostly Dry In Morocco
    - Rain benefits vegetative to reproductive winter grains, although portions of Morocco remain dry.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Periods Of Rain And Snow Favor Winter Grains
    - Periods of rain and mountain snow maintain favorable moisture reserves for vegetative (north) to reproductive (south) winter grains.

  • FSU: Stormy Weather Boosts Moisture, Halts Fieldwork
    - Locally heavy, wind-driven rain and snow fall across Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, halting fieldwork but providing additional soil moisture for spring growth.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Heat Continues In India
    - Seasonably hot weather continues across India, as winter crop harvesting progresses.
    - Late-week thunderstorms in Pakistan hamper fieldwork and may cause localized lodging of unharvested wheat.

  • EAST ASIA: Showers Benefit Spring Crops In Southern China
    - Rain increases soil moisture for rice and corn in southern China.
    - Warm weather promotes the development of winter wheat on the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Tropical Cyclone Pakhar Approaches Vietnam
    - An early season tropical cyclone boosts moisture supplies for rice and coffee in southern Vietnam.

  • AUSTRALIA: Beneficially Dry But Relatively Cool
    - Dry weather favors summer crop maturation and harvesting in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, but relatively cool weather maintains a slower-than-normal rate of maturation.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Cool Weather Slows Growth Of Argentine Crops
    - Unseasonably cool weather slows the development of late-planted corn and soybeans throughout Argentina, though no freezes are reported.
    - Showers increase moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn in parts of southern Brazil. Seasonal rains maintain overall favorable conditions for safrinha corn, cotton, and other crops in central Brazil.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Rain Brings Some Relief From Dryness
    - Showers boost moisture reserves for immature rain-fed summer crops, winter grains, and pastures.


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