USDA: Cool, Unsettled Weather Continues Over Europe

March 27, 2013 01:20 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Cold, Unsettled Weather Continued Colder-than-normal weather over central and northern Europe slowed winter crop growth in France and England and kept winter wheat and rapeseed dormant in Germany, Poland and the Baltic States. Periods of rain boosted soil moisture for vegetative winter wheat in Spain, Italy, and the Balkans.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Additional Rain Benefited Winter Grains Locally heavy rain maintained abundant to locally excessive moisture supplies for vegetative to reproductive wheat and barley in Morocco. Light to moderate showers favored vegetative winter grains in Algeria and Tunisia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Somewhat Cooler Weather Returned Somewhat cooler weather returned after last week’s early season heat, easing stress on reproductive winter grains across Syria, southern Iraq, and southwestern Iran. Scattered showers provided localized moisture for winter wheat and barley in Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.

  • FSU: Northern Cold And Snow Contrasted With Southern Showers Additional cold and snow in Belarus, northern Ukraine, and northern Russia kept winter grains dormant under a moderate to deep snowpack. Greening winter wheat continued to benefit from a resurgence of moisture in Russia’s Southern District.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Hot, Dry Weather Aided Rabi Crop Drydown In India Hot, dry weather aided drydown of wheat and other rabi crops in India.

  • EAST ASIA: Mild Weather And Showers Benefited Spring And Winter Crops Heavy rainfall provided a significant boost to moisture supplies for early rice in parts of southern China. Warmer-than-usual weather and light to moderate rainfall in the Yangtze Valley and southern portions of the North China Plain promoted rapeseed (reproductive) and wheat (vegetative) development.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Continued Wet Weather Slowed Rice Harvesting In Java, Indonesia Heavy showers continued in parts of Java, Indonesia, slowing rice harvesting.

  • AUSTRALIA: Mostly Dry, Seasonably Warm In eastern Australia, dry, seasonably warm weather most of the week aided summer crop maturation and harvesting. Late-week shower s likely disrupted fieldwork.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Soaked Brazil As Cool, Dry Weather Dominated Argentina Widespread, locally heavy rain maintained mostly favorable conditions for soybeans, corn, and other summer crops throughout Brazil. Cool, mostly dry weather dominated key farming areas of Argentina, following last week's rain. Patchy frost was likely in Buenos Aires, but no major damage to immature corn and soybeans was expected.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Hastened Summer Crop Maturation Dry, unseasonably warm weather hastened maturation of rain-fed summer crops across the corn belt.


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