The country received above average precipitation throughout December, which replenished soil moisture and created favourable conditions for crop development. However, January rains fell mainly during the last dekad of the month while no signicant amounts were observed during the rst two dekads. The precipitation in January was below the long-term average (LTA) of the past 16 years in much of the country, including the crop-growing governorates in the north such as Dohuk, Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, Kirkuk and Ninewa. However, parts of Sulaimaniyah and Kirkuk as well as Bagdad and Babil governorates in central parts of Iraq received higher amounts of rains compared to 12 months ago.
Planting of winter barley and wheat was completed by mid-December and harvesting is expected to start in April 2017. The ASI for Iraq for January 2017 shows improved vegetation in Bagdad and Babil governorates. Some progress in crop growth could also be observed in southern parts of Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk and central parts of Kirkuk. However, no signs of crop development could be seen in crop growing governorates of Erbil and Ninewa. The progress of the agricultural season in the cereal production belt of Ninewa and Salahadin governorates could be hampered by prevailing insecurity due to the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to liberate Mosul.
Please note that since the ASI is based on remotely sensed data only, there is no confirmation on what crops have been planted