Dry This Week in Southern Brazil and Argentina

March 20, 2017 01:14 PM

Rains favored Mato Grosso, eastern Mato Grosso do Sul, Goias, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and northern Parana over the weekend in Brazil. Showers are expected to favor northwestern Brazil this week, with the heaviest showers expected in Mato Grosso and Goias. The showers may lead to minor slowdowns in fieldwork, but will improve soil moisture for germination and early growth of the safrinha corn crop.

Dry weather in southern Brazil this week will favor corn and soybean harvesting. Showers will increase some across southern Brazil in the 6-10 day period, but should still not be heavy enough to cause significant delays in fieldwork.

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Meanwhile, dry weather prevailed across Argentina over the weekend. A few light showers may favor northern Cordoba, northern Santa Fe and Entre Rios tomorrow and Wednesday, but dry weather is expected otherwise this week. The dry weather will favor drydown and harvesting of corn and sunflowers and will ease any remaining wetness in central Buenos Aires. Soil moisture may decline some in Cordoba, but soybean growth is finishing up and moisture needs are declining. Rains are expected to increase some across Argentina during the 6-10 day period.

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