La Nina South America Drought Analog in 2008-09

January 4, 2012

Corn and soybeans are in jeopardy in southern South America from nagging drought.   A moderately strong La Nina may be the culprit,  similar to the 2008-09 La Nina induced drought.

Argentina Stressful Weather 

Hot weather continued yesterday in Argentina’s grain belt but temperatures were somewhat less extreme with upper 80s – mid 90s.  The worst heat stress occurred in Cordoba and Santa Fe,  key corn and soybean provinces.

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Buenos Aires crops continued to be stressed by an extremely dry atmosphere.  The maximum temperature yesterday in western Buenos Aires was 88 F, dropping to 51 F overnight.  A daily range in temperatures of 37 F degrees is way above the normal 20 degree difference and similar to a desert climate.    Corn in the province is coming under serious moisture stress early in January as the key pollination period advances... subscribers continue to full story...

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