USDA: Winter Grains Remain Dormant in Northern Ukraine, Russia

April 17, 2013 03:07 AM

The following global crop and weather highlights from USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility are a helpful snapshot of global conditions:

  • EUROPE: Cold Weather Eased, Crop Development Remained Slow Colder-than-normal weather eased in France and England, allowing winter grains and oilseeds to resume growth. Lingering cold kept winter crops dormant in Poland and the Baltic States. Rain expanded into central Europe, improving soil moisture for wheat and rapeseed in Germany.

  • NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Ideal Growing Conditions Continued After recent rainfall, sunny skies and near-normal temperatures were ideal for reproductive to filling wheat and barley in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Dryness Concerns Increased In Central Crop Districts Warm, increasingly dry weather reduced soil moisture for vegetative to reproductive wheat and barley across Syria, Iraq , and western Iran. Showers favored vegetative winter grains in Turkey and provided supplemental moisture to irrigated wheat and barley in southern Iran.

  • FSU: Snow Finally Melted, But Northern Cold Continued Colder-than-normal conditions in Belarus, northern Ukraine, and northern Russia kept winter grains dormant, although most of the region’s snow pack melted. Mild, showery weather in Russia’s Southern District favored vegetative winter wheat and promoted spring grain planting and emergence.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Hot Weather Seasonably hot weather overspread most of central and northern India.

  • EAST ASIA: Dry For Reproductive Winter Crops Dry weather across the North China Plain and Yangtze Valley increased irrigation demands for reproductive winter wheat and rapeseed.

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA: Increased Rainfall In Southern Thailand Showers moved into southern Thailand as growers across the country prepared for rice and corn planting.

  • AUSTRALIA: Summer Crop Harvesting Regained Momentum In southern Queensland, passing showers caused only brief delays in cotton and sorghum harvesting. In northern New South Wales, dry weather allowed summer crop harvesting to progress without delay.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: Unseasonably Heavy Rain Covered Brazil Widespread, heavy rain increased late-season moisture reserves for Brazilian corn and cotton, but soybean and sugarcane harvesting experienced some delays. Drier weather returned to central Argentina, improving conditions for corn and soybean harvesting.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Mild, Mostly Dry Weather Dominated Conditions benefited filling to ma turing corn and other summer crops.

  • MEXICO: Dry Weather Dominated Much Of The Country Conditions favored maturing winter grains, but farmer s awaited seasonal rain for summer crop planting.


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