December 1, 2008

Argentina crops get much needed showers


Heavy showers fell across Argentina's farm belt overnight, bringing relief to the country's thirsty crops, the Rosario Grain Exchange said in a weather report Friday (Nov 28).


Between 50 and 60 millimeteres of rain fell in the north of Buenos Aires province, south of Entre Rios and west of Cordoba, the Exchange said.


The showers will help the drought-stricken wheat crop although yields are still expected to be very low due to early drought and decreased fertilizer use this season.


Wheat production is seen falling to 10.1 million tonnes, down from 16 million tonnes grown last season, according to the Agriculture Secretariat.


The rainfall will help kick-start corn, soy and sunflower seed planting, which had been progressing slowly due to the hot, dry weather.

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