May 17, 2022 9:16 am

It rained in the Pampas region and more precipitation is forecast for the week

After a week of high temperatures, It rained today with varying degrees of intensity in the Pampas region, which already has damage to crops and livestock due to the lack of rainfall in the last four weeks. Although for now they are not enough to reverse the critical situation of corn, soybeans and pastures, the expectation of the sector is that they have been the anticipation of greater rainfall that is forecast as of tomorrow.

According to data released by INTA in @intalluvias, in the province of Buenos Aires 38 mm fell in Pergamino, 26 mm in Rojas, 25 mm in Acevedo and 36 mm in Manantiales.

In the central area between 14 and 30 millimeters were recorded in Azul, between 8 and 15 millimeters in Chillar, between 10 and 40 mm in El Luchador; 26 millimeters in Gardey, 10 mm in Crotto and between 20 and 40 mm in Pablo Acosta.

It rained very little in the core zone, heterogeneously, very typical of years of drought. We hope that the accumulated figures for the week will be met, otherwise production losses will continue to consolidate and it will get even more complicated,” said grain market analyst Esteban Moscariello.

Regarding what is expected for the next few days, INTA’s Natural Resources Research Center explained that “due to the new configuration that the dynamics of the atmosphere will take, the chances of precipitation continue in large areas of our country,” based on weather models.

Rain projection for the next few hours according to INTA

As projected by Rosario Stock Exchange (BCR), due to the lack of rain and the heat wave, the corn harvest would fall from the 54 million tons expected to 48 million tons. Soybeans, in turn, would lose about five million tons, going from 45 million to 40 million tons. In economic terms, it would represent a drop in income from agricultural exports of more than 2.6 billion dollars, according to the calculation of the BCR.

“Rains that have an agronomic impact are needed, given that the deep soil profiles are depleted in much of the country,” explained Pablo Mercuri, director of the Natural Resources Research Center (CIRN) in statements to the INTA Informa bulletin.

The specialist said that from today “a large part of the productive regions will begin to receive precipitation due to the beginning of the passage of a cold front that will end with the heat wave and the lack of rain that has affected practically the entire national territory.”

Mercuri assessed that “In addition to the intensity of the events, and the number of millimeters that accumulate during the next week, it will be important to see how they are distributed, whether they are generalized rains in a wide region or isolated and disparate events.”

The expert explained that “the La Niña phenomenon continues to evolve, with moderate to weak intensity in the Equatorial Pacific.” This causes less than average rainfall. “It is a second consecutive event that greatly affects water reserves due to a cumulative effect,” said Mercuri.

Likewise, Mercuri highlighted: “The rains are expected to be important in coastal areas, on the middle basin of the Paraná River and the Uruguay River and it means a relief for the marked downspout that is passing these days.”

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