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Argentine crops fighting through drought
Crop conditions in Argentina are looking up. Recent rainfall's helped the nation's drought-stricken corn and soybean belt recover, though some of the driest areas still need more moisture. Here's one soybean field planted in early October in San Justo, Santa Fe, Argentina (photos courtesy Buenos Aires Grain Exchange).
"That state was hit hard with rain over this past weekend, with one spot in the center of that stage gauging nearly 7.5 inches," according to Tuesday's Freese-Notis Weather, Inc., Weather Market Commentary. Here's a soybean field in Capitan Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Though much-needed rains have fallen in Argentina, temperatures are still making things tough for the soybean crop. "Rains came during what was a hot weekend, with the state of Santa Fe especially hot as highs there were commonly at 100 degrees (with extremes to 103 degrees) for both Saturday and Sunday," adds Freese-Notis on Tuesday. This soybean field is located in the Santa Fe state, bettween Firmat and Venado Tuerto.
More rain is still needed in most of Argentina, but that's not the only worry for the country's crops. This soybean field, planted in October in San Justo, Santa Fe, shows signs of Frogeye Leaf Spot (FLS).
Insect pressures are also popping up in soybean fields around Argentina. Here are the symptoms of two-spotted spider mite damage in a soybean field near Carlos Tejedor, Buenos Aires.
Here's a detailed view of that same damage of a soybean plant caused by two-spotted spider mites near Carlos Tejedor.
Despite these other crop threats, drought damage remains the biggest yield-limiting factor this year. Here, small, misshapen ears in a corn field planted in September indicate the effects of drought in San Justo, Santa Fe.
But, that's not to say the entire Argentine crop is in bad shape. This corn field still looks good in General Lopez, Santa Fe, despite this year's drought.
Corn plants, like these, that were not affected by drought are over 6 feet tall in Constituicion, Santa Fe.
Drought's been the big story in Argentina this year. See how the crops there are faring (photos courtesy Luana Gomes, Gazeta do Povo).