USDA: Warm, Drier Across Southern Brazil

December 7, 2011 12:23 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Milder, Wetter Weather Returns
    - Milder, wetter weather returns to northern Europe, improving soil moisture for vegetative winter grains and oilseeds in France and England. Winter crops in Germany and Poland are dormant.
    - Light showers in Spain favor winter grain establishment.
    - Rain is returning to the Balkans, where an unfavorably dry autumn led to poor wheat establishment.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Continue
    - Locally heavy showers maintain excellent soil moisture for wheat and barley establishment.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Dry Weather Expands Eastward
    - Dry weather expands into Iraq and western Iran, favoring winter crop growth after recent rain.
    - Showers linger in eastern Iran, maintaining favorable prospects for winter wheat and barley.
    - Winter grains are dormant over much of Turkey.

  • FSU: Milder, But Crops Are Dormant
    - Milder weather returns, although winter crops remain dormant. Snow cover in Russia affords protection against potential incursions of bitter cold.
    - Concerns persist for Ukraine winter wheat, which is devoid of snow cover and locally poorly established.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Warm, Dry Weather For Harvesting
    - Warm, dry weather aids cotton harvesting in central and southern India.
    - Sunny weather benefits winter wheat and rapeseed development in northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Colder Weather Overspreads Wheat Areas
    - Colder weather overspreads winter wheat areas in China, easing the crop into dormancy.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Rain Continues In Java, Indonesia
    - Rain continues to benefit rice establishment in Java, Indonesia.
    - Flooding eases in the Philippines, allowing fieldwork to resume.

  • AUSTRALIA: Harvesting Remains Slow In The East
    - In New South Wales and Queensland, widespread showers maintain concerns about winter grain quality but favor development of dryland and irrigated summer crops.
    - In western and southern Australia, dry weather favors wheat, barley, and canola harvesting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warm And Showery In Argentina; Drier In Southern Brazil
    - Light to moderate showers, accompanied by summer warmth, maintain generally favorable conditions for winter and summer crops in Argentina.
    - Warm, dry weather in southern Brazil favors soybean planting but limits moisture for newly emerged summer crops.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Scattered Showers Continue Across The Corn Belt
    - Rain brings additional relief from unseasonable warmth and dryness, but more precipitation is needed to ensure uniform germination and establishment of corn and other summer crops.


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