USDA: Rains Return to Southern Brazil, Too Dry in EU, FSU

September 28, 2011 03:50 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Dryness Concerns In The Balkans
    - Dry, hot weather across the Balkans accelerates corn and sunflower harvesting but further reduces soil moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.
    - Showers across central and northern Europe further hamper efforts to sow winter grains and oilseeds, although drier weather is settling over much of the continent.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Season’s First Rain
    - The season’s first rain in Turkey supplies moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.

  • FSU: Soil Moisture Becoming Limited In The West
    - Dry, unseasonably warm weather in Belarus, Ukraine, and southern Russia promotes fieldwork but reduces soil moisture for winter crop planting.
    - Locally heavy showers in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia hamper spring wheat harvesting.
    - Unseasonable showers slow cotton harvesting in some southern crop districts.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Withdrawal Begins
    - A withdrawal of the monsoon from northern and western areas allows beneficially drier weather to overspread saturated cotton fields in Pakistan and northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Drier For Mature Crops
    - Drier weather benefits cotton and soybean harvesting in China.
    - Typhoon Roke causes more widespread flooding for rice in Japan.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Remains Active
    - The monsoon remains active across Indochina and the Philippines, benefiting rice and corn.
    - Conditions are too dry for oil palm in Indonesia.

  • AUSTRALIA: Favorable In The West, Too Dry In The Southeast
    - In Western Australia, warm, showery weather continues to benefit winter grains and oilseeds.
    - In the southeast, mostly dry weather further reduces soil moisture for reproductive winter crops.
    - In east-central Australia, warm, sunny weather favors summer crop sowing and filling winter wheat.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Beneficial Rain In Argentina; Wetness Returns To Southern Brazil
    - Rain brings some relief from dryness to Argentina's western wheat areas.
    - Locally heavy rain returns to Brazil's main wheat areas, slowing harvesting and threatening grain quality.

  • MEXICO: Warmth And Dryness Dominate Much Of The Country
    -Warm, mostly dry weather fosters rapid maturation of corn and other rain-fed summer row crops in key southern production areas.
    - Monsoon showers appear to be ending in the north.

  • CANADA: Showers Cause Some Delays In Autumn Fieldwork
    -Locally heavy showers overspread the southeastern Prairies, temporarily delaying spring grain and oilseed harvesting. -Conditions are overall favorable for fieldwork elsewhere on the Prairies.
    -Rain hampers winter wheat planting and early summer crop harvesting in sections of Ontario.

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