USDA: Dry Conditions Linger in Brazil

October 10, 2012 01:19 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Heat And Dryness Persist In The Balkans
    - Heat and dryness persist in the Balkans, maintaining high evaporative losses and poor prospects for winter wheat planting and establishment.
    - Showers across northern Europe boost soil moisture for winter wheat and rapeseed establishment.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Showers In Turkey, But Still Generally Dry
    - Showers in western Turkey improve soil moisture for winter wheat planting, although the growing season in most northern crop districts has gotten off to a dry start.

  • FSU: Warm, Dry Weather Lowers Moisture For Winter Wheat
    - Persistent warmth and dryness reduce moisture for winter wheat in Ukraine and southern Russia.
    - Generally dry weather promotes the final stages of spring wheat harvesting in eastern Russia and cotton harvesting in southern portions of the region.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Dry Weather Favors Summer Crop Harvesting In Northern India
    - Dry weather benefits rice and cotton harvesting across northern India, while more rain would be welcome for reproductive to filling summer crops in central India.
    - Monsoon rains in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh maintain favorable soil moisture for reproductive cotton, while stabilizing the condition of groundnuts diminished by previously poor rainfall.

  • EAST ASIA: Favorable Harvest Weather
    - Beneficially warm, dry weather aids summer crop harvesting as well as winter wheat and rapeseed planting.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: More Showers In Thailand And The Philippines
    - Late-season rains in Thailand and the Philippines boost moisture reserves for the dry-season rice crop planted later in the year but slow maturation and early harvesting of the current crop.

  • AUSTRALIA: Light Showers In The Southeast, Dry Elsewhere
    - Following two weeks of beneficial rains, mostly dry weather returns to Western Australia.
    - In southeastern Australia, scattered showers maintain local moisture supplies for grains and oilseeds.
    - In east-central Australia, dry weather favors summer crop planting but not filling winter wheat.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Dry Weather Promotes Soybean Planting In Central Brazil
    - Following last week's rain, drier conditions spur soybean planting in central Brazil. Rain in southern Brazil hampers winter wheat harvesting, while providing timely moisture for corn and soybeans.
    - In Argentina, rain maintains locally excessive levels of moisture for summer crop planting.

  • MEXICO: Seasonal Showers Diminish
    - Drier conditions prevail throughout the south and northwest as the rainy season begins to wind down.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Dry Weather Supports Seasonal Fieldwork
    - Conditions favor early corn planting in eastern production areas.


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