USDA: Rains Stabilize Wheat in Australia

September 26, 2012 01:28 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Much-Needed Rain In The Balkans
    - Much-needed rain in the Balkans provides soil moisture for winter crops, although deficits persist.
    - Sunny skies early in the week promote wheat and rapeseed planting in northern portions of France and Germany, but heavy showers have returned.
    - Persistent rainfall in northern Italy hampers summer crop maturation and harvesting.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Showers Arrive In Turkey
    - Showers in western Turkey provide some soil moisture for winter wheat planting.

  • FSU: Showers Benefit Winter Wheat
    - Showers from Ukraine into central and southern Russia provide much-needed soil moisture for winter crop planting and establishment.
    - Showers hamper spring wheat harvesting in eastern Russia.
    - Dry weather in southern portions of the region favors cotton harvesting.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Rains Diminish In The West
    - The Indian Monsoon wanes across much of the west as heavy showers continue to benefit late developing rice in the east.

  • EAST ASIA: Dry, Mild Weather
    - Dry, mild weather aids drydown and maturation of summer crops across much of Manchuria and the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Tropical Cyclone Jelawat
    - Tropical Cyclone Jelawat forms off the eastern coast of the Philippines and brings locally heavy showers in eastern Luzon, maintaining abundant moisture supplies for rice.

  • AUSTRALIA: Showers Return To Parts Of The Wheat Belt
    - In Western Australia, widespread showers help stabilize yield prospects for winter grains and oilseeds.
    - Warm, mostly dry weather increases evaporative losses in South Australia, while in eastern Australia scattered showers maintain local moisture supplies for reproductive wheat, barley, and canola.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Seasonal Showers Beginning In Brazil
    - Rain provides timely moisture for germination of soybeans in key production areas of central Brazil.
    - Locally heavy rain maintains adequate to abundant moisture for Argentine winter grains.

  • MEXICO: Monsoon Showers Decline In The Northwest; Showers Continue In South
    - Seasonably drier conditions prevail in northwestern watersheds, but conditions remain overall favorable for corn and other rain-fed summer crops farther south.

  • CANADA: Prairie Harvests Advance Rapidly
    - Dry, occasionally cold weather spurs rapid harvesting of spring grains and oilseeds.
    - In Ontario, showers provide additional moisture for winter wheat establishment.


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