USDA: Rains Slow Final Stages of Planting in Canada

June 6, 2012 01:19 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Rain Overspreads Previously Dry Northeastern Crops Areas
    - Showers arrive in Poland and Germany, providing moisture for reproductive wheat and rapeseed.
    - Soil moisture remains adequate to abundant for reproductive to filling winter crops in western and southern Europe.
    - Dry weather in Spain promotes winter grain maturation and harvesting.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Weather Favors Wheat Harvesting

  • MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain Benefits Turkish Grains
    - Persistent late-season rainfall in Turkey benefits reproductive to filling winter wheat and barley.

  • FSU: Additional Timely Rain In The South
    - Additional timely rain improves winter crop prospects in southern portions of Ukraine and Russia.
    - Warmth and dryness reduce soil moisture for vegetative spring wheat in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Off To A Slow Start
    - Growers continue to await the onset of the Indian Monsoon before beginning widespread planting.

  • EAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture For Summer Crops
    - Monsoon rains in southern China maintain favorable moisture supplies for rice and other summer crops.
    - Rainfall in northeastern China increases soil moisture for newly emerged corn and soybeans.
    - Warm, dry weather helps winter wheat harvesting on the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Tropical Cyclone Mawar
    - Tropical Cyclone Mawar brings heavy rainfall to the northern Philippines, maintaining abundant to excessive moisture supplies for rice and corn.

  • AUSTRALIA: Favorable For Sowing In The Southeast
    - Passing showers in Western Australia are too light to significantly benefit vegetative winter crops.
    - In the southeast, mostly dry weather follows last week’s beneficial rains, favoring winter crop sowing.
    - Rain in most of New South Wales and Queensland slows summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting, but provides a welcome boost in topsoil moisture for early winter crop development.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth And Dryness Help To Dry Fields In Argentina
    - In Argentina, unseasonably, warm, dry weather helps to alleviate excessive wetness that has slowed corn and soybean harvesting.
    - In Brazil, lingering showers benefit secondary (safrinha) corn and winter wheat.

  • MEXICO: Showers Are Sparse Across The Corn Belt
    - Rain is needed for germination and establishment of rain-fed summer crops.

  • CANADA: Showers Slow The Final Stages Of Prairie Planting
    - Widespread, locally heavy rain hampers the final stages of spring grain and oilseed planting.


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