A mild drought set in over the Yellow River Basin and parts of the North China Plain during the first five months of 2006. Dry weather and warmer-than-average temperatures in February, March, and much of April left soil dry, reported the United States Department of Agriculture’s
According to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the drought-affected region accounts for about 38 percent of China’s winter wheat production. Despite the drought, the FAS predicted that the winter wheat harvest in the country as a whole, scheduled to peak in early June, would be slightly larger than it was in 2004 or 2005.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided by Inbal Reshef as part of the Global Agricultural Monitoring Project, a collaboration between NASA, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and the University of Maryland. More data and information about this joint project are available at Satellite Information for Agricultural Monitoring.