USDA: Rains for Argentina, Drier in Brazil

September 21, 2011 01:12 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Katia Remnants Bring Additional Rain To Northern Europe

- The remnants of Tropical Storm Katia bring additional rain to northern Europe, further hampering efforts to sow winter grains and oilseeds.
- Dry, hot weather across southern Europe accelerates corn and sunflower harvesting but reduces soil moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Sunny Skies Promote Early Planting


  • FSU: Sunny Skies Favor Summer Crop Maturation And Harvesting

- From southern Belarus and Ukraine into southern Russia, drier weather promotes summer crop drydown and harvesting and early winter crop planting.
- Sunny skies in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia allow rapid spring wheat harvesting.
- Unseasonable showers hamper cotton harvesting in some southern crop districts.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Wetness Continues For Cotton

- Heavy showers maintain unfavorably wet conditions for cotton in northern India and southern Pakistan.
- Drier weather aids soybean development in central India.

  • EAST ASIA: Too Wet For Cotton In The East

- Wet weather persists for open cotton bolls on the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Widespread Monsoon Rains Continue

- Monsoon rains maintain abundant to excessive soil moisture for rice and corn in the northern Philippines.
- Beneficial rains for reproductive rice in Thailand.

  • AUSTRALIA: Crop Conditions Likely Decline In Southeastern Australia

- Widespread showers maintain good to excellent winter crop prospects in Western Australia.
- In the southeast, persistent dryness is increasingly unfavorable for reproductive winter grains.
- In east-central Australia, sunny skies aid winter wheat development and spur summer crop planting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina Gets Much-Needed Rain; Drier In Southern Brazil

- Rain increases moisture for winter grains in Argentina's northern and eastern production areas, but dryness lingers in key southwestern farming areas.
- Favorably drier conditions prevail in Brazil's southern wheat areas.

  • MEXICO: Drier On The Southern Plateau; Monsoon Showers Continue

- Dry weather prevails on the southern plateau corn belt, although Tropical Storm Nate brings locally heavy showers to the southeast.
- Monsoon showers are lighter, albeit more widespread, across northern watersheds.

  • CANADA: Cold Weather Ends The Prairie Growing Season

- Although many Prairie farming areas receive their first autumn freeze, the impact on spring grains and oilseeds is expected to be limited due to the advanced state of harvesting.


Juli says: As we have reported, producers in Mato Grosso could begin planting soybeans last week, but will wait for moisture before actively seeding. Producers there are concerned the reemerging La Nina will dampen moisture prospects this growing season.


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