USDA: Timely Rains in South America

October 5, 2011 01:21 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Reduce Balkans Soil Moisture
    - Persistent warmth and dryness across the Balkans accelerate corn and sunflower harvesting but further deplete soil moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.
    - Dry weather returns to central and northern Europe, promoting winter grain and oilseed planting.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Additional Showers In Turkey
    - Showers in southeastern Turkey provide moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.

  • FSU: Showers Improve Western Soil Moisture
    - Showers in Belarus and Ukraine improve soil moisture for winter grain planting.
    - Locally heavy rain in western and southern Russia slows fieldwork but boosts moisture for winter crops.
    - Drier weather in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia favors late spring wheat harvesting.
    - Sunny skies promote cotton harvesting in southern crop districts.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Rapid Monsoon Withdrawal
    - A rapid withdrawal of the monsoon from southern India brings unfavorably dry weather to reproductive cotton.
    - Dry weather favors cotton and rice harvesting in northern India and throughout Pakistan.

  • EAST ASIA: Too Wet For Cotton
    - Widespread rainfall in China is unfavorable for mature cotton in the east.
    - A widespread freeze in Manchuria ends the growing season and encourages drydown of soybeans and corn.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Typhoons Nesat And Nalgae
    - Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae flood rice areas in the northern Philippines.

  • AUSTRALIA: Rain Benefits Winter Grains And Oilseeds
    - In Western Australia, showers continue to favor late reproductive to filling winter grains and oilseeds.
    - In southeastern Australia, timely rain boosts wheat, barley, and canola prospects, while farther north soaking rains aid immature wheat and further increase irrigation supplies prior to summer crop sowing.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Seasonal Rains Intensify Over Central Brazil
    - Rain provides timely moisture for soybean planting in Mato Grosso, Brazil's leading producer.
    - Light showers boost topsoil moisture for winter grains in Argentina's southwestern production areas.

  • MEXICO: Warmth And Dryness Dominate The Southern Plateau; Rainy Elsewhere
    - Warm, mostly dry weather promotes maturation of corn and other rain-fed summer crops on the southern plateau.
    - Showers in the north give a late-season boost to reservoir levels.

  • CANADA: Dry Weather Supports Prairie Harvests
    - Mostly dry, unseasonably warm weather aids spring grain and oilseed harvesting.

Juli says: Rains over key production areas of South American are timely in that they encourage producers to get started planting, once they are able -- as long as rains don't become heavy and delay planting.

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