USDA: Dryness Returns to Southern Brazil

March 14, 2012 01:22 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Intensifying Drought On The Iberian Peninsula Threatens Winter Grains
    - Intensifying drought on the Iberian Peninsula reduces prospects for reproductive winter wheat.
    - Showers in France and Germany end a month-long dry spell, providing moisture for winter crops that are easing out of dormancy.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Unfavorable Dryness Persists In Morocco
    - Dry conditions in Morocco further reduce soil moisture for heading wheat and barley.
    - Heavy rain favors vegetative to reproductive winter grains in eastern Algeria and Tunisia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Return
    - After a brief respite, locally heavy snow in Turkey boosts soil moisture reserves for wheat and barley.
    - Showers favor winter crops in Syria, Iraq, and western Iran.

  • FSU: Cold Weather Maintains Snow Cover
    - Cold weather keeps the region encased in a moderate to deep snowpack. Consequently, winter crops remain dormant.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Warm Weather Benefits Harvest Activities
    - Warm, dry weather continues to benefit winter rapeseed harvesting in northwestern India as well as the start of winter wheat harvesting in the north.

  • EAST ASIA: Warmer Weather And Rain Benefit Rapeseed
    - Increasing temperatures and periodic showers aid greening winter rapeseed in China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Harvest Delays In Western Java, Indonesia
    - Heavy showers delay rice harvesting across western Java, Indonesia.

  • AUSTRALIA: Favorable For Summer Crops
    - Mostly sunny skies and relatively warm weather benefit maturing summer crops in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina Remains Wet; Dry Weather Returns To Southern Brazil
    - In Argentina, wet, albeit warm, weather maintains abundant moisture for late-planted corn and soybeans.
    - Unfavorable warmth and dryness return to southern Brazil, hastening maturation and drydown of soybeans and reducing moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Persist
    - Unfavorably warm, dry weather further stresses corn and other immature summer crops throughout much of the region.


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