Severe drought marked the year 2022 in relation to the field. In the Ramallo district, declared an emergency zone and agricultural disaster, the first rainfall of the year came in handy, but the amount of water needed by the plots is still insufficient. According to the INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology) weather station that Villa Ramallo has, the record up to 7:00 p.m. on January 1 marked 6.25 millimeters. In San Pedro, 6.75 mm and in Río Tala, 12 mm were recorded. Meanwhile, to the west the picture was quite similar: in the Salesian Agrotechnical School of Ferre (Pergamino district) 8.5 millimeters, and in Arrecifes, 3.5 millimeters.

The lack of heavy rains continues to be a problem for the countryside. In the last hours, rainfall of varying intensity was recorded, but not in the north of the province of Buenos Aires. The records are still insufficient due to the lack of moisture in the soil. Farmers from Ramallo and from the north of the province are still waiting for rain.

The countryside is experiencing a difficult time in the north of the province of Buenos Aires. Many lots have remained unplanted. Perhaps this precipitation will allow progress with what is lacking in soybeans. Several producers have discarded making corn.

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The rains of the last hours were important. However, the producers consulted affirm: “We are very concerned, we do not see that politicians are interested in what happens with the field. The truth is that we do not know what will happen. Unfortunately, we are not sowing the big crop”.

In a climate report prepared by a group of meteorologists from various institutions, it is projected that the rainfall deficit will remain in large productive areas of Argentina.

“This is a very rare Niña, it was precisely called the ‘triple Niña’ because it had never occurred for three years in a row as it has been happening now,” warned climatologist Matilde Rusticucci, a member of the group of specialists that prepared the report.

This forecast is made based on the analysis of the experimental numerical forecasts of the main global climate simulation models and national statistical models, added to the analysis of the evolution of oceanic and atmospheric conditions. The final result reflects a consolidated consensus from these various sources and is not good news for the field.

According to the forecasts for this summer season, average temperatures above normal are expected in much of the country, especially in central and western Patagonia. Particularly, the province of Buenos Aires and the east of La Pampa are the places where these perspectives sound firmer.

The greatest chances of below-normal rainfall are concentrated in Mesopotamia. But they extend to other areas and, if they materialize, the current drought conditions that affect large regions of the country could worsen.

“We are facing a significant rainfall deficit and, unfortunately, we are still under the influence of a Niña phenomenon that will last, at least, until the end of summer. We will have to be very careful about the possibility of new fires breaking out,” said climate expert Matilde Rusticucci.

The rains at the beginning of the year were good, after all. The producers hope that the Niña will gradually withdraw and move to a neutral phase. Meanwhile, the outlook for the region’s main crops, soybeans and corn, is uncertain.