The precipitation levels in May were average compared to the long-term average of the month (2001-2016) in crop-growing areas in the north such as Adjloun, Jarash and Irbid and parts of south-central governorates, Al-Balqa, Madaba and Al-Karak. The rest of the country received above average rainfall. Compared to May last year, Adjloun, Jarash and Irbid as well as most parts of the country received greater amount of monthly rainfall, which could benefit seasonal crops and grazing areas.
The analysis for May 2017 shows that harvesting of winter crops (wheat and barley mainly), which are mostly grown in rain-fed upland areas of the country, was completed by the end of the month; this is illustrated by the Agricultural Stress Index (ASI) map, where the blue areas indicate the completion of harvest. The winter crops in Adjloun, Jarash and Irbid and parts of south-central Al-Balqa, Madaba, Al-Karak and Amman have seen little moisture stress during this season, which impacted harvests positively. However, it should be noted that Jordan’s cereal production is minor due to climatic and geographic conditions of the country.
Please note that the ASI is based on remotely sensed data only; there is no confirmation on what crops have been planted.