As concerns mount that the climate will flip from an El Nino to a La Nina scenario, June’s dryness raised blood pressure and then July’s rains alleviated some of the worst of the fears. Everyday aWhere monitors the agricultural planet to identify where, when, and how deeply weather impacts agriculture.
In June, the conditions for pocket droughts across the Midwest were starting to rear their head (rainfall estimates are derived from an aWhere proprietary blended algorithm using multiple data sources). In the first week of July the Des Moines office of the NWS reported a pocket drought (8”-10” below normal rains) had formed in central-south Iowa… http://tinyurl.com/htwxhwk Thank goodness for deep soils and spring rains! This was a situation that aWhere had been aware of for more than a month previously. Looking at the weather for July paints a picture of relief for most US corn farmers; the needed rains arrived with the exception of northern Ohio. The current situation provides a healthy environment for pollination at this critical stage of growth for the corn crop.
In Europe, overall conditions are a bit dry. Similar to the US Corn Belt, cooler temperatures are lowering plant growth rates which is keeping anywhere from become too stressed and therefor the crops healthy. A quick glance at Ukraine makes the point – conditions are borderline in terms of drought stress but nothing acute. The vulnerability to drought is always mitigated by irrigation but should higher temperatures return, the drought stress the crops will be put under will impact yields.
China on the other hand has many corn growing area that need to be monitored; the north is borderline to overly dry while the central growing area is quite wet. Neither condition is desirable for good crop yield!
aWhere monitors the entire Agricultural Earth every day to identify potential problems – and we are typically well ahead of traditional sources simply because we have comprehensive coverage of all production areas (essentially a weather station’s worth of data every 9km) Here we have presented a current view of the Northern hemisphere’s summer growing season for corn.
Monitoring global crop production presents an opportunity to optimize your market position. In several months’ time when the Southern hemisphere’s corn growing season comes around, we will begin monitoring Brazil, Argentina, and other important producers.