USDA: Heat Is Stressing Wheat in Areas of Ukraine and Russia

June 20, 2012 03:26 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Additional Rain Boosts Crop Prospects
    - Persistent showers boost prospects for reproductive to filling winter crops in France, England and southern Germany. Soil moisture remains abundant for vegetative corn and sunflowers.
    - Beneficial rain in Poland and the northern Balkans provides moisture for reproductive winter wheat and vegetative summer crops.
    - Dry weather in Spain promotes winter grain maturation and harvesting.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Wet Spell Ends, Turkish Grains Benefit
    - After persistent late-season rain, dry weather favors winter grain maturation in Turkey.

  • FSU: Locally Hot, But Rain Falls Elsewhere
    - Heat stresses filling winter wheat in eastern Ukraine and southern and central Russia, where pockets of dryness persist.
    - Widespread, locally heavy showers boost soil moisture for grains and oilseeds from Belarus and western Ukraine into northern Russia.
    - Showers benefit vegetative spring wheat in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia.

  • SOUTH ASIA: The Monsoon Progresses Northward
    - The Indian monsoon progresses slowly northward, bringing rainfall to central India and prompting planting of cotton, groundnuts, and soybeans.

  • EAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture For Summer Crops
    - Hot, dry weather on the North China Plain favors drydown and harvesting of winter wheat but necessitates increased irrigation for flowering cotton.
    - More rain benefits vegetative corn and soybeans across northeastern China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Super Typhoon Guchol
    - Super Typhoon Guchol, off the coast of the Philippines, brings heavy showers and minor flooding but boosts reservoir levels for rice irrigation.

  • AUSTRALIA: Generally Favorable Weather For Winter Crops
    - In Western Australia, rain provides near ideal conditions for wheat, barley, and canola development.
    - In southern and eastern Australia, scattered showers benefit vegetative winter grains and oilseeds locally, while pockets of drier weather enable additional winter crop planting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warmer, Mostly Dry Weather Dominates Argentina And Brazil
    - In Argentina, continuing dryness, accompanied by a warming trend, improves conditions for corn and soybean harvesting.
    - Warmer, drier weather prevails across central Brazil, spurring development of winter wheat and corn and bringing some relief from excessive wetness to sugarcane and coffee.

  • MEXICO: Hurricane Carlotta Grazes The Southern Pacific Coast
    - Hurricane Carlotta generates timely, locally heavy showers in key summer corn areas.


  • CANADA: Cool, Showery Weather Slows Prairie Fieldwork
    - Damp weather slows the final stages of spring grain and oilseed planting.


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