USDA: Rains Benefit Brazil's Safrinha Corn Crop

March 7, 2012 12:01 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Developing Drought On The Iberian Peninsula Threatens Grains
    - Developing drought on the Iberian Peninsula reduces prospects for reproductive wheat and barley.
    - Mild conditions favor winter grains and oilseeds across northern and central Europe and ease crops out of dormancy in France and western Germany.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Dryness Persists In Morocco
    - Dry weather persists in Morocco, reducing soil moisture for heading wheat and barley.
    - Sunny skies favor vegetative to reproductive winter grains in northern portions of Algeria and Tunisia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Heavy Rain And Snow Favor Winter Crops
    - Locally heavy snow in Turkey and northern Iran boosts soil moisture reserves for wheat and barley.
    - Moderate to heavy showers favor winter crops from Syria into Iraq and eastern Iran.

  • FSU: Additional Snow Boosts Moisture Reserves
    - A fresh snowfall maintains favorable conditions for dormant winter crops in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. The western snow also increases soil moisture reserves for upcoming spring growth.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Warmer Weather Benefits Maturation And Harvesting
    - Warm weather aids drydown and harvesting of winter rapeseed in northwestern India and rabi rice in eastern India, while favoring winter wheat maturation in northern India and Pakistan.

  • EAST ASIA: Rain Benefits Rice And Rapeseed
    - Continuing rainfall in southeastern China maintains favorable soil moisture for early double-crop rice transplanting and vegetative winter rapeseed.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Rice Harvesting Begins In Java, Indonesia
    - Rice harvesting begins in Java, Indonesia under predominantly wet conditions.

  • AUSTRALIA: Beneficial Warmth And Dryness In Major Summer Crop Areas
    - Warm, mostly dry weather in southern Queensland and extreme northern New South Wales favors development of immature cotton and sorghum.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Favorably Wetter Conditions Continue
    - Widespread rain continues throughout Argentina, further stabilizing conditions for immature summer grains, oilseeds, and cotton.
    - Showers intensify over Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, boosting moisture for late soybean development. Rain elsewhere increases moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Persist
    - Moisture is limited for normal development of rain-fed summer crops, including corn and sugarcane.


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