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Warm spring weather may cut into rice crop

Earth News: Vietnam

Feb 28, 2007
The warm weather this winter could reduce the output of the winter-spring rice crop, agricultural officials warned as they convened in Ha Noi for a meeting on Monday. The country has experienced UNUSUALLY WARM weather since earlier this year. In the first two weeks of this month, the average temperature was at 20-22 degrees Celsius, or about five degrees higher than the same period in previous years. This February was the HOTTEST IN 50 YEARS. The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting forecast that the warming would continue in March and April. If the weather was still warm in the next two months and water sources remained tight for irrigation, winter-spring rice would mature earlier. This could lead to a decrease in output and an increase in insects.

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