USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Northern Snow Contrasted With Southern Rain
- Widespread, locally heavy rain persisted in Spain and Italy, benefiting vegetative winter wheat.
- Seasonably cold, snowy conditions favored dormant winter crops in northern Europe.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Rain Continued
- Widespread rain continued, favoring vegetative winter grains after a recent month-long dry spell.
MIDDLE EAST: Mild, Wet Weather Favored Winter Grains
- Warm, wet weather from Turkey into northern Iraq and western Iran maintained favorable moisture reserves for winter grains but melted much of the region’s protective snow cover.
FSU: Mild Weather Melted Much Of the Region’s Snow Cover
- Unseasonably mild weather melted much of the region’s protective snow cover, exposing winter grains and oilseeds to potential incursions of bitter cold.
SOUTH ASIA: Cool Weather For Wheat And Rapeseed
- Beneficially cool weather across northern India aided wheat and rapeseed development, as both crops are in or nearing reproduction.
EAST ASIA: Rain And Snow Boosted Moisture Reserves
- Widespread light rain (south) and snow (north) boosted moisture reserves for dormant wheat and rapeseed in China.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Favored Reproductive Rice In Java
- Widespread showers maintained favorable moisture supplies for reproductive rice in Java, Indonesia, although heavy rain in the west continued to cause some flooding.
AUSTRALIA: Soaking, Locally Excessive Rainfall
- The remnants of tropical cyclone Oswald caused severe fresh water flooding in coastal areas of eastern Australia but brought beneficial rainfall to major cotton and sorghum growing areas farther inland.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth And Dryness Continued In Central Argentina And Southern Brazil
- Dry, occasionally warm weather continued in central Argentina, further limiting moisture for laterplanted summer grains and oilseeds.
- Dry, seasonably warm weather continued in southern Brazil, advancing development of soybeans, corn, and other summer crops. However, seasonably heavy rain continued in major soybean, cotton, and coffee areas of central Brazil.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warmth And Dryness Spurred Summer Crop Development
- Following several weeks of rain, warm, sunny weather promoted growth of corn, sugarcane, and other rain-fed summer crops in or approaching reproduction.