USDA Global Weather Highlights: Planting Continues in South America

October 26, 2011 04:46 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Unfavorably Dry In Spain, Although Rain Is Arriving
    - Dry conditions on the Iberian Peninsula maintain high irrigation requirements for early winter wheat planting, although rain is arriving.
    - Unsettled but colder weather across much of northern Europe slows fieldwork and ends the growing season from eastern France into Poland and the northern Balkans.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Eastern Showers Condition Fields
    - Showers in eastern Algeria and northern Tunisia condition fields for winter grain planting. Much needed rain is arriving in western portions of the region.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Showers In Turkey And Syria
    - Showers boost moisture for winter grain establishment in Turkey and Syria.

  • FSU: Cold In The West, Warm In The East
    - Colder, showery weather in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia boosts soil moisture for winter grain and oilseed establishment but slows late-autumn fieldwork.
    - Warm, mostly dry weather promotes the final stages of spring wheat harvesting in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia and cotton harvesting in southern crop districts.

  • SOUTH ASIA: More Moisture Benefits Cotton
    - In India, monsoon rains continue to benefit cotton in Maharashtra, while dry weather favors winter wheat and rapeseed planting in the northwest.

  • EAST ASIA: Wet For Cotton
    - Rain in the western North China Plain slows cotton and corn harvesting but maintains favorable soil moisture for winter wheat emergence.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Flooding Continues In Indochina
    - Flooding rains persist in Vietnam, although favorably drier weather prevails in most rice areas of Thailand.

  • AUSTRALIA: Winter Grains And Oilseeds Are Approaching Maturation
    - Widespread showers slow winter crop maturation and harvesting in Western Australia.
    - In South Australia and Victoria, scattered showers temporarily delay fieldwork.
    - Warm, sunny weather in New South Wales and most of southern Queensland favors wheat, barley, and canola harvesting and aids early summer crop development

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Drier Conditions Aid Fieldwork
    - Rainfall tapers off in Argentina, spurring sunflower and corn planting after several weeks of widespread rain.
    - Drier weather supports corn and soybean planting in southern Brazil.

  • MEXICO: Seasonably Drier Weather Dominates Much Of The Region
    - Dryness promotes maturation of corn and other rain-fed summer crops on the southern plateau.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Scattered Showers Benefit Winter Wheat And Corn
    - Showers boost moisture for germination in eastern sections of the corn belt.
    - Light showers benefit immature winter wheat in Western Cape.


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