USDA Global Weather Highlights: Heat, Dryness Stress South American Crops

December 28, 2011 02:32 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Rain And Snow Boost Soil Moisture
    - Rain and snow in central and northern Europe boost soil moisture reserves for winter grains and oilseeds . Snow cover, however, is shallow and patchy in eastern growing areas.
    - Sunny skies in Spain promote winter wheat and barley growth.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Eastern Showers Benefit Winter Grains
    - Showers in eastern Algeria and Tunisia maintain favorable prospects for wheat and barley.
    - Sunny skies promote winter grain development in Morocco.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Persist In Turkey, Return To Syria
    - Rain and snow continue in Turkey, boosting soil moisture reserves for mostly dormant winter grains.
    - Wet weather returns to Syria, favoring vegetative winter grains, while sunny skies in Iran encourage additional winter crop growth.

  • FSU: Colder, But Unsettled Weather Continues
    - Colder conditions return to the region, causing rain to change to snow. Soil moisture reserves continue to improve in Ukraine and Belarus for spring growth.
    - An adequate snowpack protects winter grains in central and northern Russia from bitter cold.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Cool In The North; Dry, Warm In The South
    - Dry weather continues to benefit cotton harvesting in southern India.
    - Cool weather in northern India promotes development of vegetative winter wheat and rapeseed.

  • EAST ASIA: Cold, Dry Weather For Dormant Crops
    - Seasonably cold, dry weather prevails for dormant winter crops in China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA:Drier Weather Follows Tropical Storm Washi
    - Drier weather follows Tropical Storm Washi in the southern Philippines, aiding recovery efforts.

  • AUSTRALIA: Drier Weather Helps Winter Crop Harvesting
    - Drier weather returns to western and southeastern Australia, allowing wheat, barley, and canola harvesting to regain momentum.
    - In northern New South Wales and Queensland, occasional showers continue to favor cotton and sorghum development but slow late winter wheat harvesting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Heat And Dryness Stress Crops In Argentina And Southern Brazil
    - Unseasonable heat and dryness stress reproductive corn in central Argentina, though a frontal system brings milder weather and showers later in the week.
    - Continuing unseasonable warmth and dryness reduces moisture for corn, soybeans, and other predominantly rain-fed crops in southern Brazil.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Continues, But More Rain Needed
    - Conditions are generally favorable for emerging to vegetative summer crops, though additional moisture would be welcome in the corn belt to ensure current yield prospects.


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