Precipitation remained widespread and abundant in September. Although decreasing from the levels received in August, precipitation remained generally abundant, regular and well distributed in September notably during the first two dekads. Stages of development vary in the regions according to the planting dates. Flooding in the Sudanian zone has affected large areas notably in Moundou region. Elsewhere, crops are developing mostly satisfactorily.
Pastures are abundant following above normal rains in the Sahelian zone. Low numbers of solitary adults may be present and breeding in a few places in Biltine and Ennedi south of Fada and in the Erdi.
A joint FAO/CILSS Crop Assessment Mission is scheduled from 19 to 23 October to estimate the 1998 cereal production.