Wheat belt planting weather remains good, southeast drought worsens

Temperatures across China were generally near average over the past week. Some areas of the northern wheat belt were 1-2C below average. Precipitation was also minimal with most of the country receiving less than 10mm of rainfall and the northern wheat belt receiving no rain.

This lack of rainfall shouldn’t cause any conditions for the new planted wheat crop as soil moisture levels in the region are adequate.

Jiangxi province in southeast raised its drought warning to a red alert, the highest level.

The province reports that 70 of its 99 counties are experiencing severe drought conditions and this is expected to last for at least the next 7 days. Much of the province has received either no precipitation, or rainfall less than 10mm in the past 30 days.

The drought conditions in the southeast continue to negatively affect rapeseed planting and filling out late-season rice, as well as vegetable production.