USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Ongoing Bitter Cold Weather Threatens Winter Crops
- Bitter cold weather continues to threaten exposed winter crops in northern Europe. Crops at risk for freeze damage include northern France’s durum wheat as well as wheat and rapeseed in northeast Germany and central Poland.
- Milder conditions arrive in central and western Europe by week’s end, ending the freeze threat.
- Dryness remains a concern for wheat and barley in Spain.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Eastern Rain Contrasts With Western Dryness
- Locally heavy rain favors vegetative winter grains in northern portions of Algeria and Tunisia.
- Dry weather persists in Morocco, reducing soil moisture for wheat and barley.
MIDDLE EAST: Snow Insulates Crops
- Wheat and barley overwinter well in Turkey and northern Iran under a deep snowpack.
- Showers maintain excellent winter crop prospects from Syria into Iraq and central Iran.
FSU: Snow Protects Against Bitter Cold
- Bitter cold persists over the region. A deep snowpack protects winter crops in Russia, while additional, locally heavy snow in Ukraine increases insulation.
SOUTH ASIA: Beneficially Cool For Wheat And Rapeseed
- Cool, sunny weather continues to benefit reproductive winter wheat and maturing rapeseed in India.
EAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture Reserves For Rapeseed
- Light showers maintain favorable moisture reserves for dormant winter rapeseed in the China’s Yangtze Valley.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Good Moisture For Rice In Java, Indonesia
- Heavy showers benefit filling rice in Java, Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Warm, Sunny Weather Spurs Summer Crop Development
- Mostly sunny skies and seasonably warm weather favor cotton and sorghum development in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.
SOUTH AMERICA: Heat And Dryness Renew Stress On Summer Crops
- Following last week's beneficial rain, unseasonable heat and dryness return to northern and central Argentina, stressing summer grains, oilseeds, and cotton.
- Unfavorable warmth and dryness persist throughout key production areas of southern Brazil, worsening corn and soybean prospects. Beneficial rain returns to central Brazil, boosting topsoil moisture for second-season (safrinha) corn.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Dry Weather Dominates All Major Farming Areas
- Moisture is needed for rain-fed corn and sugarcane in most major production areas.