USDA: Rains Continue to Boost European Crop Prospects

May 30, 2012 01:04 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Widespread Rain Continues To Boost Crop Prospects
    - Locally heavy rain continues to favor reproductive winter crops in western and southern Europe but hampers corn and sunflower planting.
    - Persistent dryness lowers soil moisture for small grains and oilseeds in Poland and northeastern Germany.
    - Dry weather in Spain promotes winter grain maturation and harvesting.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Weather Accelerates Wheat Harvesting

  • MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain Benefits Turkish Grains
    - Additional late-season rainfall benefits reproductive winter wheat and barley in Turkey.
    - Warm, dry weather promotes winter crop maturation and harvesting across the eastern Mediterranean.

  • FSU: Much-Needed Rain Arrives In The South
    - Much-needed rain improves winter crop prospects in southern portions of Ukraine and Russia.
    - Warmth and dryness remain a concern for winter and spring wheat in Russia’s Volga District.
    - Showers favor vegetative spring wheat in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia while boosting irrigation reserves in southern cotton areas.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Seasonable Hot, Dry Weather
    - Seasonably hot weather continues, as growers await the onset of the monsoon before beginning summer crop planting.

  • EAST ASIA: Some Stress For Wheat; Favorable Moisture For Crops In Manchuria
    - Periodic stressful heat affects filling winter wheat in China.
    - Light showers maintain favorable soil moisture for corn and soybeans in Manchuria.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Aid Rice Establishment
    - Monsoon rains continue to benefit rice in Indochina and the Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Rain Arrives In Southeastern Australia
    - Needed rain overspreads most of southern and eastern Australia, benefiting recently sown winter grains and oilseeds and helping condition topsoils for additional planting.
    - In Western Australia, dry weather reduces topsoil moisture for germinating to emerging winter crops.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Showers Benefit Brazil’s Second Corn Crop
    - Unseasonably heavy rain maintains ample moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn in key production areas of central and southern Brazil.
    - Drier conditions aid soybean and corn harvesting in sections of central Argentina.

  • MEXICO: Unfavorably Light Rainfall Continues
    - More rain is needed throughout the southern plateau corn belt for crop development.

  • CANADA: Cool, Showery Weather Covers The Prairies
    - Conditions are overall favorable for Prairie spring crops.
    - Moisture remains limited for crops and pastures in Ontario.


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