The condition of the U.S. winter- wheat crop improved last week after rain fell in growing areas in the Midwest. The cotton harvest neared completion.
Rainfall is set to return to sugar- cane growing areas of Brazil, the world’s largest producer, in the second half of October, according to World Weather Inc.
Cocoa growing areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana, the world’s largest producers, will get improved rainfall in the next two weeks, according to World Weather Inc.
Near the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin rivers, the heart of the California farm belt, Bob Kelley watches the driest year ever erode water supplies and prospects for the dairy business his family began in 1910.
The U.S. winter-wheat crop deteriorated as extended dry weather slows plant development in the Great Plains. Corn and soybean harvests were nearing completion.
"The rains have been a little bit slow in leaving the coastal areas."
- Drew Lerner on Jan 08, 2013