Decreasing rains in July have delayed transplanting of swamp rice.
Abundant rains in June permitted widespread plantings of coarse grains
in the east and the north and an early start of land preparation in swamp
areas. As precipitation was less abundant in July, transplanting of rice
from seedbeds to swamp areas has been delayed. Precipitation increased
in early August, allowing transplanting to continue following desalination
of swamp rice fields.