USDA: More Rains Needed in Australia

August 22, 2012 02:18 AM



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

  • EUROPE: Hot Weather Increases Stress On France’s Corn
    - Hot weather overspreads western Europe, increasing stress on late-filling corn and sunflowers in France while promoting small grain maturation and harvesting in northern crop areas.
    - Cool weather favors filling summer crops in eastern Europe, while much-needed rain arrives in the lower Danube River Valley for winter wheat.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Seasonably Dry Weather Persists
    - Dry weather promotes summer crop maturation and seasonal fieldwork.

  • FSU: Widespread Rain Aids Late-Filling Summer Crops
    - Widespread rainfall across western portions of the region improves prospects for late-filling corn and sunflowers while providing much-needed soil moisture for winter grain and oilseed planting.
    - Mostly dry, hot weather accelerates spring wheat harvesting in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia and favors filling cotton in southern growing areas.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Rain Improves Conditions In Parts Of Western India
    - Showers improve conditions for cotton and groundnuts in western India, although some areas remain too dry.
    - Monsoon rains maintain adequate to abundant soil moisture for rice and soybeans in India.

  • EAST ASIA: Drier Weather Prevails
    - Somewhat drier weather aids maturation and harvesting of corn and soybeans in southern China, while easing some wetness for the crops in the northeast.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Typhoon Kai-Tak
    - Typhoon Kai-Tak brings flooding rains to rice in the northern Philippines, but improves moisture conditions for rice in northeastern Thailand.

  • AUSTRALIA: Beneficial Rain In The Southeast; More Rain Would Help Elsewhere
    - Following some welcome rain, dry weather returns to Western Australia, increasing evaporative losses.
    - Soaking rains maintain good to excellent winter crop prospects in southeastern Australia.
    - Dry weather in northern New South Wales and Queensland reduces soil moisture for winter wheat.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Wet In Argentina; Mostly Dry In Brazil
    - In Argentina, wet weather hampers the final stages of winter grain planting but provides ample moisture for crop establishment.
    - Conditions favor drydown and harvesting of Brazil's sugarcane and coffee.

  • MEXICO: Drier Conditions Prevail
    - Showers taper off across southern Mexico, following last week’s tropical showers. Scattered monsoonal showers continue in the northwest, albeit with reduced amounts and coverage.

  • CANADA: Cool, Showery Weather Prevails On The Prairies
    - Conditions slow maturation and harvesting of spring grains and oilseeds.


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