Widespread and regular rains benefited crop development. Following abundant rains in mid June, precipitation decreased in late June and remained generally below normal but well distributed and regular in early and mid-July. Rains improved significantly during the last dekad of July and became particularly abundant in early August in the south and the west. Flooding has been reported following heavy rains and the collapse of a dam in Bani department, 200 km north of Ouagadougou. Cumulative rainfall as of late July was generally below average but recent strong rains may reverse the situation in the western part of the country. Crops are growing satisfactorily. They are generally in the elongation stage in the south and south-west, tillering in the west and emerging/tillering in the north and north-east. Improved rains are needed in the east to prevent water stress.
Pastures have regenerated countrywide and water reserves are well replenished. Limited pest activity is reported (mainly worms).
Page with graphics of the evolution of Cold Cloud Duration average values over various zones of the country and compared to 1989-1995 average values.