USDA: Warmth and Dryness Benefits Crops in Central Argentina

January 8, 2013 03:15 AM
 

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

  • EUROPE: Continued Favorable For Winter Crops
      - In Europe, showery, unseasonably mild weather continued, maintaining favorable overwintering conditions for winter grains and oilseeds but leaving most major growing areas devoid of snow cover.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Expanded Across The Region
      - Showers improved soil moisture for winter grains in Algeria and Tunisia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Warm, Unsettled Weather Prevailed In The West
      - In Turkey, warm, showery weather maintained moisture reserves for winter wheat. Colder, snowy conditions, however, have returned, providing much-needed insulation for dormant winter grains.
      - Dry weather prevailed in Iraq and Iran, although a cold front was approaching with showers.

  • FSU: A Fresh Snowfall Insulated Winter Grains
    - In Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, occasional snow provided dormant winter wheat additional protection from potential incursions of bitter cold.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Unseasonably Cool In Northern India
      - Cooler-than-normal weather slowed wheat and rapeseed development across northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Showers In Southern China, Colder Across Northern Crop Areas
      - Light showers maintained favorable moisture reserves for winter rapeseed and vegetables in southern China.
      - Despite frigid temperatures in portions of the North China Plain, a shallow covering of snow protected dormant winter wheat.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Benefit Rice In Java, Indonesia
    -  Heavy showers boosted moisture supplies for rice across Java, Indonesia.
    - Tropical Storm Sonamu brought heavy showers to the southern Philippines, maintaining high moisture supplies for rice and corn.

  • AUSTRALIA: Hot And Dry
      - Hot, dry weather elevated evaporation rates in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, increasing irrigation requirements for cotton and reducing soil moisture for dryland sorghum.
      - In western and southeastern Australia, hot, dry weather continued to favor winter wheat harvesting.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth And Dryness Benefited Summer Crops In Central Argentina
      - Warm, mostly dry weather aided late corn and soybean plantings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
      - Rain benefited soybeans in key production areas of southern and central Brazil, but warmth and dryness stressed soybeans and cotton in sections of the northeastern interior.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Promoted Summer Crop Development
    - Conditions remained overall favorable for rain-fed corn and sugarcane.


 

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