USDA Global Weather Highlights: Rains Slow Australian Wheat Harvest

November 2, 2011 01:05 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Season’s First Rain Arrives In Spain
    - The season’s first rain on the Iberian Peninsula provides moisture for winter wheat planting. Likewise, showers in northern Italy boost soil moisture for wheat and improve irrigation reserves.
    - Dry, milder weather across much of northern and eastern Europe promotes summer crop harvesting.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Rain Encourages Western Wheat Planting
    - Moderate to heavy showers arrive in Morocco and western Algeria, conditioning fields and encouraging producers to begin winter grain planting. Rain continues in eastern wheat districts.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Mountain Snow In Northern Iran
    - Moderate to heavy rain and mountain snow provide the season’s first moisture for winter wheat in northern Iran, while light to moderate showers condition soils in Syria and Iraq.

  • FSU: Cold In The West, Wet In The South
    - Cold, dry weather in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia promotes late summer crop harvesting but hampers winter grain establishment.
    - Showers slow cotton harvesting in Kirgizia and southern Kazakhstan.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Warm, Dry Weather
    - Seasonably warm, dry weather in northern and central India aids summer crop harvesting as well as winter wheat and rapeseed planting.

  • EAST ASIA: Beneficial Moisture For Winter Crops
    - Periodic showers favor winter wheat and rapeseed emergence in China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Drier Weather Eases Thai Flooding
    - Drier weather allows flood waters to recede from rice fields in central Thailand, although flooding persists in the south.
    - More rain in Indonesia prepares fields for main-season rice transplanting.

  • AUSTRALIA: Harvesting Progresses, Albeit Slowly In Many Areas
    - Wet weather throughout most of the wheat belt slows winter crop maturation and harvesting, although portions of southeastern Australia are mostly dry, favoring wheat, barley, and canola harvesting.
    - Rain in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland benefits vegetative summer crops.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Returns To Southern Brazil And Northern Argentina
    - Wet weather returns to northern Argentina, while dry pockets linger in southern winter grain areas.
    - Rain maintains mostly favorable conditions for soybeans and other crops throughout Brazil.

  • MEXICO: Seasonable Dryness Dominates
    - The rainy season is virtually over in Mexico, and northwestern reservoirs are entering the winter growing season at unfavorably low levels.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Rain Falls In The Eastern Corn Belt
    - Showers are timely for germination of corn and other summer crops.


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