USDA Global Weather Highlights: Warmth & Dryness Return to South America

January 25, 2012 02:22 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Showers Continue in Spain
    - Early week rain in Spain further improves prospects for wheat and barley.
    - Rain and snow return to central and eastern Europe, maintaining favorable overwintering conditions
    for winter grains and oilseeds.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Rain Returns to Morocco
    - Additional, much-needed rain in Morocco improves soil moisture for wheat.
    - Soil moisture remains favorable for winter wheat and barley in Algeria and Tunisia.


  • MIDDLE EAST: Rain and Snow Continue
    - Rain and high-elevation snow continue in Turkey, Syria, and northern Iran, maintaining favorable
    soil moisture reserves for winter grains.

  • FSU: Welcome Snowfall in Ukraine
    - The season's first snow falls in Ukraine, protecting winter crops from potential hard freezes.
    - Dormant winter grains are adequately insulated by snow in Russia and Belarus.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Drier Weather Returns
    - Drier weather returns to most of India, aiding cotton harvesting in southern states.
    - Cool weather benefits reproductive winter wheat and rapeseed in northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Light Snow for Wheat
    - Light snow boosts moisture reserves for overwintering wheat in China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture for Rice in Indonesia
    - Drier weather eases excessive wetness for winter crops in the Philippines and allows oil palm
    harvesting to resume in Malaysia.

  • AUSTRALIA: Favorable for Summer Crops
    - Periods of rain and sun continue to favor cotton and sorghum development in eastern Australia.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth and Dryness Return to Argentina and Southern Brazil
    - Unseasonably warm, mostly dry weather renews concerns for Argentine summer crops.
    - Warm, dry weather returns to most of southern Brazil, but favorable conditions continue for soybeans,
    cotton, and coffee grown farther north.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Drier Weather Prevails Across the Corn Belt
    - Dryness and summer warmth promote the growth of corn and other summer crops, following last week's


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