USDA: Warmth and Dryness Benefit Argentina

November 14, 2012 12:22 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Wet Weather Persisted
    - Persistent showers across northern Europe hampered fieldwork but favored winter grains and oilseeds.
    - Heavy rain boosted soil moisture and irrigation reserves for winter crops across Spain and Italy.
    - Dry, warm weather returned to the southern Balkans, where more rain is needed for wheat.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Heavy Early-Season Rain Continued
    - Widespread, locally heavy early-season rainfall benefited early winter grain establishment.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Heavy Rain Benefited Western Winter Crops
    - Heavy rain across Turkey and the Mediterranean Coast boosted soil moisture for winter grains.
    - Warm, mostly sunny weather in Iran and Iraq promoted winter wheat establishment.

  • FSU: Rain And Snow Continued; Some Moisture Reached Southern Crop Areas
    - Rain and snow continued from Belarus and northern Ukraine into central and northern Russia, maintaining adequate to abundant soil moisture for winter crops.
    - Much-needed showers in southern Russia improved conditions for wheat.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Drier In Southern And Eastern India
    - Drier weather returned to India facilitating cotton and rice harvesting in the south and east.
    - Warm, sunny weather aided development of winter wheat and rapeseed in northwestern India but increased irrigation demands.

  • EAST ASIA: Favorably Cool For Winter Wheat And Rapeseed
    - Cool weather and occasional light showers benefited winter wheat and rapeseed establishment in China, although more rainfall would be welcomed to build moisture reserves going into the winter.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Benefit Rice In Java, Indonesia
    - Showers across the western half of Java, Indonesia boosted moisture supplies as rice transplanting

  • AUSTRALIA: Favorably Dry In The West And South, Rain In The East
    - Dry weather overspread Western Australia, South Australia, and Victoria by mid-week, promoting winter grain maturation and harvesting.
    - Rain in eastern Australia slowed wheat drydown and harvesting but favored vegetative summer crops.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Much-Needed Warmth And Dryness Benefited Argentina
    - For much of the week, warm, dry weather dominated Argentina, helping to dry fields for corn and soybean planting and bringing some relief to winter grains.
    - Showers expanded across central Brazil, increasing moisture for soybeans. Favorably drier weather prevailed in southern Brazil, spurring soybean planting and drying out maturing winter wheat.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Showers Maintained Generally Favorable Crop Prospects
    - Light showers and seasonable warmth maintained favorable prospects for emerging summer crops in eastern sections of the corn belt.


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