USDA: Excessive Heat in Australia Stresses Summer Crops

January 16, 2013 02:30 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Rain And Snow Favored Winter Crops
    - In Europe, western rain and eastern snow provided favorable overwintering conditions for winter crops.
    - Light showers returned to Spain, maintaining soil moisture for vegetative winter wheat and barley.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Skies Promoted Winter Grain Growth
    - Sunny skies promoted winter grain growth, although soil moisture has become limited in southern Morocco.

  • MIDDLE EAST: A Strong Storm Generated Heavy Rain And Historic Snow
    - A strong, slow-moving storm produced heavy rain as well as a historic snowfall in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, causing flooding and disrupting travel. However, the storm recharged irrigation reserves and boosted soil moisture for winter grains.
    - Rain and mountain snow spread into Iraq and Iran, boosting moisture reserves for winter crops.

  • FSU: Winter Crops Are Now Fully Insulated From Bitter Cold
    - Additional snow provided dormant winter grains protection from potential incursions of bitter cold.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Too Cold For Crops In Northern India
    - Cold weather and isolated freezes restricted development of vegetative wheat and rapeseed in northern India and may have caused some localized damage.

  • EAST ASIA: Seasonably Cold/Dry
    - Seasonably cold, dry weather prevailed for dormant crops on the North China Plain and in the Yangtze Valley.
    - Patchy areas of freezing temperatures in southern China caused localized damage to sugarcane.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture For Rice In Most Of Java, Indonesia
    - Monsoon showers maintained beneficial moisture supplies for reproductive rice in western and central Java, while drier weather in eastern Java reduced moisture supplies.

  • AUSTRALIA: Excessive Heat Stressed Summer Crops
    - Very hot weather overspread southern Queensland and New South Wales, stressing dryland summer crops while hampering development of irrigated crops.
    - In the west and southeast, hot, mostly dry weather enabled winter wheat harvesting to near completion.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warm, Dry Weather Aided Fieldwork In Central Argentina
    - Mostly dry, warmer-than-normal weather spurred late corn and soybean planting in key production areas of central Argentina.
    - Widespread, locally heavy rain increased moisture for soybeans, corn, and other crops throughout central and southern Brazil, including previously dry locations in the northeastern interior.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Continued, Benefiting Rain-Fed Summer Crops
    - Warm, showery weather maintained mostly favorable conditions for corn, sugarcane, and other rain-fed summer crops, although pockets of dryness lingered in eastern sections of the corn belt.


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