USDA Global Weather Highlights: Beneficial Rains in South America

October 19, 2011 02:43 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Widespread Rain, But Unfavorably Dry In Spain
    -Widespread rain boosts soil moisture for winter wheat and rapeseed from England and Germany into Poland and the Balkans.
    - Dry conditions in Spain maintain high irrigation requirements for early winter wheat planting.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Eastern Showers Provide Early Moisture
    - Showers in eastern Algeria and northern Tunisia condition fields for winter grain planting.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Strong Storms In Turkey
    - Showers and thunderstorms, some severe, boost moisture for winter wheat establishment in Turkey.

  • FSU: Western Wetness Contrasts With Warm, Dry Weather In The East
    - Widespread, locally heavy showers in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia improve soil moisture for winter grain and oilseed planting and establishment.
    - Dry, warm weather promotes the final stages of spring wheat harvesting in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia. Likewise, sunny skies favor cotton harvesting in southern crop districts.

  • SOUTH ASIA: A Surge Of Moisture Benefits Cotton
    - A surge of monsoon rains in peninsular India bring beneficial moisture to reproductive cotton.
    - Warm, dry weather in northwestern India increases irrigation demands for reproductive cotton but favors winter wheat and rapeseed planting.

  • EAST ASIA: Too Wet For Cotton
    - Wet weather on the North China Plain hampers cotton harvesting but boosts moisture supplies for winter wheat planting.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Flooding Continues In Indochina
    - Flooding persists for rice in Indochina.
    - Tropical Storm Banyan causes flooding for rice in the central Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Showers Benefit Crops
    - Showers in southeastern and Western Australia continue to benefit winter crops.
    - Soaking rains in eastern Australia slow winter wheat harvesting but increase moisture supplies for summer crops.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Beneficial Rain Continues Throughout The Region
    -Locally heavy showers further improve prospects for winter grains and summer crops in major production areas of central Argentina.
    - In Brazil, seasonal rains increase moisture levels for germination and establishment of soybeans and other summer crops, while providing more uniform moisture for flowering coffee.

  • MEXICO: Late-Season Tropical Showers Cover Parts Of The South
    - Locally heavy showers give a late-season boost to southern reservoirs.


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