As of Jan. 24, the Global Forecast System model was not as wet as the European model for Brazil. Still, the weather situation in Argentina and Brazil is not as dire as it was a few weeks ago. A more regular rain pattern is noted with systems passing and producing rainfall every six to eight days. This should benefit the soybean crop, but damage to the corn crop is irreversible.
Swine flu becomes first pandemic in 41 years The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years — as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. U.S. officials said today they've taken an early aggressive approach and the WHO announcement won't change how it's been dealing with the issue. The WHO designation is based on geographic spread and not on the nature of the disease, U.S. officials said.
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