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Brazil, Argentina clobbered by drought
Parts of South America, particularly the agricultural areas in Brazil and Argentina, are being clobbered by a drought that is threatening to shrink harvest yields.
To make matters worse, the lack of rainfall has been matched by excessive heat. According to the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information, South America has experienced its second warmest December-to-February period in 110 years of keeping such records.
Lack of rainfall, in some cases a third less than normal, has been experienced in Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, and Paraná states, as well as northern Argentina. In fact, parts of northern Argentina, which account for much of that nation’s grain production, only recorded 30% to 65% of its normal rainfall during the month of March, AccuWeather reports. “The resulting drought from the lack of rainfall across these crop-heavy regions, in addition to bouts of heat, have stressed corn and soybean crops and has led to a reduction in crop yields,” says AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls.