USDA: Growing Conditions Improve in Argentina & Brazil

November 21, 2012 02:28 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Drier Weather In The North Contrasted With Southern Wetness
    - Drier weather across northern Europe favored late-season fieldwork and winter crop establishment.
    - Additional rain boosted soil moisture and irrigation reserves for winter crops across Spain and Italy.
    - Showers returned to the southern Balkans, improving soil moisture for wheat.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Heavy Early-Season Rain Continued
    - Locally heavy showers benefited early winter grain establishment.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Rainfall Benefited Winter Grains
    - Locally heavy rain from Turkey and the Mediterranean Coast into Iraq and Iran boosted soil
    moisture for winter wheat establishment.

  • FSU: Mostly Dry, Warm Weather Promoted Winter Crop Establishment
    - Generally dry, warm weather from Belarus and northern Ukraine into Russia promoted winter grain and oilseed establishment, although northern-most crops were entering dormancy.
    - Light showers in southern Russia improved conditions for winter wheat, although dryness concerns lingered in western portions of Russia's Southern District.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Warm And Sunny
    - Sunny, warm weather promoted cotton harvesting in India as well as wheat and rapeseed development.

  • EAST ASIA: Cool, Dry Weather For Winter Wheat And Rapeseed
    - Dry weather continued for winter wheat and rapeseed in China, although cool weather reduced moisture demands as crop growth slows.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Continued In Java, Indonesia
    - Monsoon showers continued across much of Java, Indonesia, but rainfall has been below normal thus far and more rain is needed to ensure favorable rice prospects.

  • AUSTRALIA: Dry Weather Benefited Winter Grains And Oilseeds
    - Mostly dry weather favored winter crop maturation and harvesting throughout the west and southeast.
    - In the east, brief showers provided favorable moisture to recently planted summer crops, but caused minor harvest delays for wheat.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Favorably Drier In Argentina; Rain In Central Brazil
    - In Argentina, drier weather supported summer grain and oilseed planting although delays continued in key production areas.
    - Beneficial rain continued throughout the main soybean and cotton areas of central Brazil. In southern Brazil, dry weather spurred winter wheat growth, while promoting corn and soybean planting.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Showers Maintained Favorable Crop Prospects
    - Warm, showery weather benefited emerging corn and rain-fed sugarcane.


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