USDA: Rains Provide Relief to Crop in South America

February 29, 2012 12:04 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Milder Weather Improves Overwintering Conditions For Winter Crops
    - Milder conditions across northern and central Europe ease crop stress but melt much of the continent’s snow cover. However, a deep snowpack remains in place across the Balkans.
    - Developing drought on the Iberian Peninsula increases concerns for wheat and barley.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Dry Conditions Persist In Morocco
    - Dry weather persists in Morocco, reducing soil moisture for wheat and barley.
    - Showers favor vegetative winter grains in northern portions of Algeria and Tunisia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Snow Insulates Crops From Cold Weather
    - A deep snowpack in Turkey and northern Iran insulates wheat and barley from cold weather.
    - Sunny skies promote winter crop development from Syria into Iraq and central Iran.

  • FSU: Additional Snow Boosts Moisture Reserves, Protects Against Cold
    - A fresh snowfall increases insulation for dormant winter crops in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia.
    - The western snow boosts soil moisture reserves for upcoming spring growth.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Warmer Weather For Maturing Crops In Northern India
    - Warmer weather in northern India favors early winter rapeseed harvesting and spurs winter wheat development.

  • EAST ASIA: Rain Benefits Rapeseed Breaking Dormancy
    - Rainfall in southeastern China continues to maintain favorable moisture supplies for winter rapeseed that is likely breaking dormancy.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Favor Filling Rice In Java, Indonesia
    - Showers favor filling rice in Java, Indonesia, although drier weather will be needed as harvesting begins in the next couple of weeks.

  • AUSTRALIA: Plenty Of Water In Eastern Australia
    - In northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, widespread showers maintain abundant moisture supplies for immature cotton and sorghum, favoring crop development.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Brings Needed Relief From Dryness
    - Widespread, locally heavy rain sweeps across Argentina, bringing needed relief from heat and dryness to immature summer grains, oilseeds, and cotton.
    - Beneficial rain finally reaches southern Brazil, stabilizing conditions for immature soybeans and providing topsoil moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn planting.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Persist Across The Corn Belt
    - Scattered, generally light showers bring only limited relief to corn and other rain-fed summer crops.


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