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BY GEORGE: Update World...Drought Or Not

Much of the U.S. continues to suffer significant drought conditions. In fact, areas of the Plains and Midwest haven’t seen drought conditions this severe since the 1950’s. Corn crops in some areas are running only 20-30% of normal, and nearly one third of all corn crops across the U.S. are now deficient.

The most severe drought conditions extend over the Central Rockies, the Southwest into the high plains of Texas, as well as an area from northeastern Texas across much of the Mississippi River Basin.
Eastern Alabama into Georgia and western South Carolina are also exceptionally dry compared to long-term averages.
Outside of the far northern tier of the U.S., the northeast portion of the country, as well as the Pacific Northwest regions, it’s either a little too dry or up to what is considered light to moderate drought.
Locally, we are dry, but not severely so, and we do not fall into the category of being officially in a drought.
Now, how about a trip around the world?
EUROPE – Highlight: Additional Rain Boosts Crop Prospects
  • Persistent showers boost prospects for filling winter crops across much of Europe. Soil moisture remains adequate to abundant for spring wheat and vegetative summer crops.
  • Locally hot, dry conditions in the Balkansreduce soil moisture for corn and sunflowers.
  • Dry weather in Spainfavors winter grain harvesting.
MIDDLE EAST – Highlight: Showers Return, But Wheat Harvesting Proceeds
  • Showers in Turkeyprovide supplemental moisture for irrigated summer crops but are not heavy enough to delay wheat and barley harvesting.
FSU – Highlight: Hot In The South, Showers Fall Elsewhere
  • Heat stresses filling wheat in southern portions of Ukraine and Russia.
  • Widespread, locally heavy showers boost soil moisture for grains and oilseeds from Belarus and northern Ukraine into northern Russia.
  • Showers benefit jointing spring wheat in eastern Russia.
SOUTH ASIA – Highlight: Monsoon Rains In Central And Eastern India
  • Monsoon rains encourage planting of cotton, groundnuts, and rice across central and eastern India.
  • Dry weather limits planting of cotton, groundnuts, and soybeans in western India.
EAST ASIA – Highlight: Too Hot And Dry On The North China Plain
  • Unfavorably hot, dry weather continues for flowering cotton on the North China Plain.
  • Tropical Cyclone Guchol brings flooding rains to coastal Japan.
SOUTHEAST ASIA – Highlight: Tropical Cyclone Talim
  • Tropical Cyclone Talim brings beneficial rains to rice in the northeastern Philippinesbut causes more coastal flooding.
AUSTRALIA – Highlight: Rain Benefits Crops In The West And Southeast
  • In Western Australia, rain maintains near ideal conditions for winter grain and oilseed development.
  • Soaking rains in southeastern Australiaboost prospects for vegetative wheat, barley, and canola.
  • In northern New South Wales and Queensland, dry weather reduces soil moisture for winter wheat.
SOUTH AMERICA – Highlight: Dry In Argentina; Wet In Southern Brazil
  • In Argentina, mild, dry weather helps to further alleviate excessive moisture for summer crop harvesting and winter grain planting.
  • Locally heavy showers persist in southern Brazil, maintaining abundant to excessive moisture for winter grains and sugarcane and resulting in some flooding.
MEXICO – Highlight: Rain Overspreads The Southern Plateau Corn Belt
  • Tropical showers increase moisture for germination and establishment of corn and other rain-fed summer crops.
CANADA – Highlight: Cool, Showery Weather Continues Across The Prairies
  • Spring grain and oilseed planting is virtually complete, and warmer weather is needed to improve growing conditions.


By: George Elliott


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