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last release: December 2018

Crop Monitor

Map description

Map description

The crop condition map, kindly provided by the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative (GEOGLAM), synthesizes information for all four AMIS crops in major growing areas. Assessments are based on a combination of national and regional crop analyst inputs along with earth observation data. Crops that are in other than favourable conditions are displayed on the map with their crop symbol.

Conditions at a glance

Wheat - In the southern hemisphere, winter wheat conditions are favourable entering into harvest in Argentina and South Africa with the exception of Australia. In the northern hemisphere, winter wheat has emerged and entered dormancy in many places. Several areas of concern due to dry conditions remain in parts of northern Europe, southern Ukraine, and in the North China Plain.

Maize - In the northern hemisphere, harvest is primarily complete. In the southern hemisphere, sowing is progressing in Brazil and Argentina under favourable conditions, while there are dry conditions in South Africa.

Rice – In India, Kharif rice harvest is progressing and Rabi rice sowing is beginning. In Southeast Asia, harvest of wet-season rice is nearing the end in the northern countries with poor areas in the Philippines and Thailand, while sowing of wet-season rice is advancing in Indonesia.

Soybean - In the northern hemisphere, harvest is now complete with India and Canada wrapping up. In the southern hemisphere, sowing is ongoing in Brazil and Argentina under favourable conditions. 

Weak to moderate El Niño expected in the first half of 2019

A weak to moderate El Niño is expected to form and continue through Northern Hemisphere 2018/19 winter until spring (~80 percent chance through February; 55 percent chance through March-May). Associated with the potential development of this El Niño event between December and February are increased chances of above normal rainfall in parts of Tanzania, Central Asia, the southern US, Mexico, and southeastern South America. Drier than normal conditions are anticipated for the Indo-Pacific region, including parts of southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Australia, and for parts of Central America, the Caribbean, northern Brazil and Southern Africa.