USDA: Dry Conditions Stress Wheat in Australia

May 23, 2012 01:14 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Widespread Showers Continue To Boost Crop Prospects
    - Widespread showers continue to boost prospects for small grains and oilseeds in northern Europe.
    - Locally heavy rain in the Balkans favors reproductive wheat and rapeseed but hampers fieldwork.
    - Hot, sunny weather in Spain accelerates winter grain maturation and harvesting.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny, Hot Weather Accelerates Wheat Maturation
    - Sunny, hot weather accelerates winter grain maturation and harvesting.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain Benefits Turkish Grains
    - Late-season rainfall benefits reproductive winter wheat and barley in Turkey.
    - Warm, dry weather promotes winter crop maturation and harvesting across the eastern Mediterranean.

  • FSU: Soil Moisture Continues To Decline In The South
    - Unseasonably warm, dry weather persists from southern Ukraine into Russia’s Southern and Volga Districts, further reducing soil moisture for vegetative to heading winter grains and oilseeds.
    - Showers favor vegetative spring wheat in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia. Showers also fall in southern cotton areas, boosting irrigation reserves but slowing fieldwork.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Hot And Dry For Cotton
    - Hot, dry weather increases irrigation needs of vegetative cotton in northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Warmer Weather Favors Planting In Northeastern China
    - Showery weather maintains abundant soil moisture for rice in southern China, while drier weather would be welcome for rapeseed harvesting in the Yangtze Valley.
    - Periodic showers boost soil moisture for corn and soybean emergence and establishment in Manchuria.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Aid Rice Establishment
    - Monsoon rains continue to boost soil moisture and irrigation supplies for rice in Thailand.

  • AUSTRALIA: Dry Throughout The Wheat Belt
    - In Western Australia, sunny skies and adequate soil moisture favor winter crop planting, germination, and emergence, while more rain is needed in southeastern Australia to encourage winter crop sowing.
    - In east-central Australia, dry weather favors rapid cotton and sorghum harvesting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Mild, Showery Weather Prevails
    - Showers overspread Argentina late in the week, ending a brief period of warmth and dryness that favored corn and soybean harvesting.
    - Rain returns to central Brazil, boosting moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn and immature cotton.

  • MEXICO: Seasonal Rains Continue Over Much Of The East
    - Rain increases moisture for corn, sugarcane, and other rain-fed summer crops.

  • CANADA: Dry Weather Spurs Fieldwork Across The Prairies
    - Warm, mostly dry weather fosters rapid planting of spring grains and oilseeds.
    - Rain is needed in eastern Canada for germination and establishment of corn and soybeans.


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