The risk of drought is not over for Argentina

Water is scarce in 50% of the central growing region

February 2, 2022

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Argentina may have left behind the worst of its summer drought, but the risk of drought for the country’s crops remains real, the Rosario Grain Exchange said in its latest weather analysis.

The South American grain producer, the world’s largest exporter of processed soybeans and second of maize, was hit hard by drought from December to mid-January, when a fortnight of rains helped limit crop yield losses and to improve conditions, Reuters reported. .

“Are we leaving the drought behind us? From a climate perspective, the answer is clear: yes, the situation was resolved with the atmospheric change of the second half of January,” the Rosario exchange said in its report.

“But from the crop point of view, no, since 50% of the central region remains with scarce (water) reserves and drought.”

Reuters recently visited key farming areas in the province of Buenos Aires, where rains had helped crops recover, but farmers said they had already suffered substantial crop losses due to the weather. previous drought.

The country experienced heavy rains in some areas, especially in the northwestern agricultural belt in the second half of January, while some agricultural areas received less rain and needed more water. in the coming weeks.

The Rosario stock exchange said the rains expected for the first week of February seemed less likely now.

“At this time, no rain is expected in the coming week due to the arrival of a cold, dry air mass which will provide stable conditions,” he said, adding that after next Wednesday there were signs of a more unstable weather front and clouds.

“It is not possible to guarantee that we will not experience another dry spell,” said Jose Luis Aiello, weather expert and adviser to the grain exchange in the report.

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