USDA: Wet Weather Returns to Argentina

November 28, 2012 02:44 AM

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

  • EUROPE: Dry, Mild Weather Promoted Winter Crop Growth
    - Dry, mild weather across much of northern and central Europe favored late-season fieldwork and winter crop establishment. However, locally heavy rain hampered fieldwork in the United Kingdom.
    - Showers boosted soil moisture and irrigation reserves for winter crops across Spain and southern Italy.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Continued
    - Light to moderate showers benefited early winter grain establishment but hampered fieldwork.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Rainfall Benefited Winter Grains
    - Locally heavy rain persisted from Turkey and the Mediterranean Coast into Iraq and western Iran, boosting soil moisture for winter wheat establishment.

  • FSU: Most Crops Now Dormant
    - Despite warmer-than-normal weather, winter grains from Belarus and Ukraine into Russia were now dormant. Only crops in southern growing areas remained vegetative.
    - Isolated showers in southern Russia provided little — if any — topsoil moisture for winter wheat, where warmer-than-normal weather extended the growing season.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Sunny, Mild Weather
    - Sunny, mild weather promoted cotton harvesting in southern India as well as rabi crop development elsewhere.

  • EAST ASIA: Cold And Dry As Some Winter Crops Entered Dormancy
    - Cold weather began easing winter wheat into dormancy across northern portions of the North China Plain.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA:Heavy Rains Increased Moisture For Rice in Java, Indonesia
    - Heavy monsoon showers bolstered moisture supplies for rice in Java, Indonesia.

  • AUSTRALIA: Hot And Dry
    - Hot, dry weather spurred winter grain maturation and harvesting across most of the wheat belt but increased irrigation requirements for vegetative summer crops in eastern Australia.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Wet Weather Returned To Argentina
    - Heavy rain in central Argentina renewed concerns for the effects of excessive wetness on winter grain development and planting of summer crops.
    - In Brazil, rain maintained generally favorable moisture for soybeans and other summer row crops.

  • SOUTH AFRICA:Warm, Showery Weather Continued
    - Prospects remained overall favorable for corn, sugarcane, and other rain-fed summer crops.


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