USDA: Hard Freeze in Western Europe May Have Harmed Crops

April 2, 2014 06:46 AM



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

  • EUROPE: An untimely hard freeze in western Europe may have caused some localized burnback to winter crops, while showers improved soil moisture for wheat and rapeseed in eastern growing areas.

  • FSU-WESTERN: Above-normal temperatures accelerated winter crop development prior to a late-week cold snap, while increasingly dry conditions reduced soil moisture for winter wheat and rapeseed in Ukraine.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Showers provided additional, much-needed moisture for winter grains in eastern Iran, while sunny skies promoted wheat development in Iraq.

  • NORTHWEST AFRICA: Widespread, locally heavy rain maintained excellent prospects for reproductive to filling winter grains.

  • EAST ASIA: Dry weather continued for winter wheat on the North China Plain, while widespread showers benefited winter rapeseed and spring-transplanted rice.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Slightly drier weather in Java, Indonesia, contrasted with heavy rainfall in the Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Widespread, locally heavy rain slowed summer crop drydown and harvesting.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, mostly dry weather spurred development of filling to maturing corn.

  • ARGENTINA: Mostly dry, occasionally warm weather benefited summer grains, oilseeds, and cotton.

  • BRAZIL: Following weeks of wet conditions, dryness favored corn and immature soybeans in southern production areas.


Full weather highlights are available from USDA at this link.


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