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Weather issues continue to challenge South American farmers

South America growing regions are either too wet for harvest or too dry to produce healthy crops.

Precipitation continues to be a challenge for farmers in South America where both wet and dry conditions are causing issues. In Brazil’s east-central and northern growing regions, too much rain has delayed harvest activities with a slower-than-normal pace of soybean harvest. Meanwhile, southern Brazil and Argentina continue to face dry conditions.

As March 2021 kicks off, Weathertrends360 expects showers to continue across a large portion of east-central and northern growing regions of Brazil. Showery weather in February, and now continuing into March, will cause more delays for the soybean harvest while also delaying safrinha (second-crop) corn planting. Delayed safrinha planting increases the risk that the crop will be maturing as the dry season hits in Brazil, which typically begins in April and accelerates into May.

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While dry weather would be much-appreciated for the northern and east-central growing regions in Brazil, southern Brazil and growing regions in northern Argentina would welcome the wet weather. According to data from WeatherTrends360, much of Argentina has suffered from below-normal precipitation in the past two weeks, and soil moistures are below normal. As we head into March 2021, dry weather looks set to continue as the start of March will be one of the driest in the past 30 years for the Argentinian states of Entre Rios and Buenos Aires.

Meanwhile, concerns about the upcoming planting season in the Northern Plains of the United States mount as a lack of snowpack and an expanding moderate to severe drought plague the region. However, where there has been snowpack, specifically near Omaha, Nebraska, flooding is a short-term concern as snowmelt and river ice jams clog up waterways. The flooding will be a fleeting concern as we head into the spring season with the snowpack dwindling and soil moistures becoming reliant on rainfall.

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