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Conditions at a Glance as of January 28th, 2017
In the northern hemisphere, winter wheat is in dormancy in most countries under generally favourable conditions. In the southern hemisphere, harvest is almost complete under favourable conditions in South Africa and most of Argentina. Australia experienced exceptionally good weather conditions over large production areas with beneficial rains throughout the season and a bumper crop has been harvested.
In the northern hemisphere maize is mostly out of season. In the southern hemisphere, conditions are generally favorable in Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa with only minor areas of dry or wet conditions.
The growing season of main crops is mostly over in the majority of Southeast Asia. The Rabi crop in India, and the dry season crop in Thailand are in favourable conditions. In Indonesia, harvest of the early planted main crops has begun with concerns over final yields due to a lack of sunlight during critical growing stages. Planting of the dry season crop has begun in Viet Nam and the Philippines under mixed conditions.
In the southern hemisphere, growing conditions in Brazil are favourable and harvesting has already started in some areas. In Argentina, conditions are mixed for both early and late planted crops owing to excessive rainfall in the central regions and dry conditions in the south.
The main season is complete and end of season conditions are mixed with poor conditions across South Sudan and Ethiopia due to delayed onset of rains and dry conditions throughout the growing season however in Sudan, Rwanda and Eritrea conditions were favourable for the main season. Second season harvests are complete in Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda and conditions are generally poor with failure across Somalia and Kenya due to severe dry and hot conditions causing deteriorating food security in these areas.
Harvests concluded in December and end of season conditions were favourable across the region with exceptional conditions in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, and Senegal.
Planting of winter wheat is complete and conditions are generally favourable with good rains received across the region in January.
Main season is ongoing and crops are in vegetative to reproductive stages with some concerns due to outbreaks of army worms affecting Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo and dry weather affecting parts of Angola and Namibia.
Dry season rice is underway across much of the region and under favourable conditions with good rains received however, there is some concern in the Philippines due to damage from typhoon Nock Ten. In Indonesia, wet season rice harvest has started for the earliest planted crops with concerns due to lack of sunlight affecting final yields.
Central America & Caribbean
The short Apante season (January – March) is underway in parts of Guatemala and Nicaragua and conditions are favourable with good rains received.
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