USDA: Warmer Weather Spurs Corn & Soybean Planting in China

May 16, 2012 01:15 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Widespread Showers Continue To Boost Crop Prospects
    - Widespread showers continue to boost prospects for small grains and oilseeds. However, generally dry weather in Spain promotes winter grain maturation and harvesting.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Skies Favor Wheat Maturation
    - Mostly sunny skies accelerate winter grain maturation and harvesting.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain Benefits Turkish Grains
    - Locally heavy showers and thunderstorms favor winter wheat and barley in Turkey.
    - Warm, dry weather promotes winter crop maturation and harvesting across the eastern Mediterranean.

  • FSU: Soil Moisture Declining In The South
    - Unseasonably warm, dry weather reduces soil moisture for vegetative to heading winter grains and oilseeds in southern portions of Ukraine and Russia’s Southern District.
    - Showers favor vegetative small grains from Belarus into central and northern Russia.
    - Field preparation and early spring wheat planting is proceeding with minimal delay in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia. The sunny weather also promotes cotton planting in the south.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Hot And Dry For Cotton
    - Hot, dry weather stresses vegetative cotton in northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Warmer Weather Favors Planting In Northeastern China
    - Warmer weather spurs corn, soybean, and rice planting in northeastern China.
    - Widespread monsoon showers maintain abundant moisture supplies for corn and rice in southern China.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Spur Rice Transplanting
    - Monsoon showers continue to encourage transplanting of rice in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

  • AUSTRALIA: Favorable In The West And Parts Of The East
    - Dry weather favors uninterrupted summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting in east-central Australia, but discourages widespread winter crop sowing in southeastern Australia.
    - In Western Australia, rain maintains good early-season crop prospects for winter grains and oilseeds.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warm Weather Promotes Late Crop Development
    - Unseasonable warmth fosters rapid maturation of Argentine soybeans and corn, though locally heavy showers slow harvesting in and around Buenos Aires.
    - In Brazil, warm weather promotes rapid development of secondary (safrinha) corn, with showers boosting moisture in key southern production areas late in the week.

  • MEXICO: Seasonal Showers Return To The Gulf Coast
    - Showers benefit rain-fed corn and sugarcane, although additional moisture is needed in Mexico’s western production areas.

  • CANADA: Spring Crop Planting Advances
    - Drier conditions aid spring grain and oilseed planting on the southern Prairies, but freezing weather limits early growth.


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