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Brazil and Argentina’s agricultural heartland suffer prolonged drought

14 April 2020

Parts of South America’s farm belt are being hammered by a drought that threatens to curb harvest yields.

According to reporting in Successful Farming, the region’s lack of rainfall has come alongside excessive heat. According to the US National Centers for Environmental Information, South America has experienced its second warmest December-to-February period in over 100 years.

Northern Argentina and Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul, Sao Paolo and Parnas states have experienced sustained lack of rainfall – in some cases one third less than normal. Parts of Northern Argentina, which account for much of the nation’s grain production, only recorded 30 percent to 65 percent of its normal rainfall for the month of March.

“The resulting drought from the lack of rainfall across these crop-heavy regions, in addition to bouts of heat, have stressed corn and soybean crops and has led to a reduction in crop yields,” says AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

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