USDA: Dryness Concerns Increase in South America

December 14, 2011 12:13 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Widespread Showers Boost Soil Moisture
    - Widespread, locally heavy showers overspread central and northern Europe, benefiting vegetative winter grains and oilseeds in England and France. Winter crops in Germany and Poland are dormant.
    - Sunny skies in Spain promote winter grain growth.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Skies Promote Winter Grain Growth
    - Following recent heavy rain, sunny skies promote fieldwork and wheat and barley growth.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Return To The West
    - Rain and snow return to Turkey, Syria, and northern Iraq, boosting moisture reserves for dormant (north) to vegetative (south) winter grains.
    - Drier weather in Iran promotes winter crop growth after recent rain.

  • FSU: Mild, Wet Weather Melts Much Of The Region’s Snow Cover
    - Mild, wet weather melts much of the region’s protective snow cover. Only winter crops in Russia’s Volga District remain protected by a shallow to moderate snowpack.
    - Rain returns to portions of Ukraine, providing some much-needed recharge to soil moisture but arriving too late for winter crop establishment.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Warm, Sunny Weather Aids Fieldwork
    - In India, warm, sunny weather benefits cotton harvesting in central and southern areas and aids winter wheat and rapeseed development in the north.

  • EAST ASIA: Cold Weather Overspreads Wheat Areas
    - Cold weather causes winter wheat to enter dormancy throughout the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Rain Continues In Java, Indonesia
    - Rain benefits vegetative rice in Java, Indonesia.
    - Heavy rain brings more flooding to coastal and upland rice areas of the eastern Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Wet Weather Plagues Portions Of The East
    - Persistent wetness in Queensland and northern New South Wales benefits vegetative summer crops but continues to hamper winter wheat harvesting and cause further reductions in crop quality.
    - In southeastern Australia, dry weather in most of the wheat belt favors winter crop harvesting.
    - In Western Australia, wheat, barley, and canola harvesting progress following passing showers.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth And Dryness Reduce Moisture For Summer Crops
    - Warm, dry weather promotes drydown and harvesting of Argentine winter grains, while reducing moisture for emerging to vegetative summer crops.
    - Lingering warmth and dryness in southern Brazil raise concern for corn and soybeans, though scattered showers return to some locations at week's end.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Late Week Showers Bring Some Relief To The Corn Belt
    - Rain brings some relief from warmth and dryness to corn and other rain-fed summer crops.


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