USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Rain Increases, Renews Fieldwork Delays
- After a brief respite, rain across northern Europe renews crop quality concerns and further delays small grain harvesting and rapeseed planting.
- Dry, warm weather across southern Europe favors maturing corn and sunflowers.
MIDDLE EAST: Sunny Skies Promote Early Planting
FSU: Wet Weather Returns, Slows Summer Crop Maturation And Harvesting
- From Belarus and Ukraine into western and southern Russia, showers slow summer crop drydown and harvesting but boost topsoil moisture for winter grain planting.
- Dry, warm weather in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia allows rapid spring wheat harvesting.
- Seasonably dry weather favors early cotton harvesting in southern crop districts.
SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Remains Active; Flooding Continues In Pakistan
- Flooding rainfall persists for cotton and rice in southern Pakistan, as the monsoon shows little sign of withdrawing from the region.
- Heavy rainfall in northern India brings unfavorable wetness to opening cotton bolls.
EAST ASIA: Too Wet For Cotton In The East
- Showers on the North China Plain provide unfavorable wetness for open cotton bolls.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Remains Active In The Region
- Heavy showers maintain abundant moisture supplies for reproductive rice in Thailand.
- Rainfall continues, albeit lighter, in the northern Philippines, maintaining excessively wet conditions for rice and corn.
AUSTRALIA: Increasingly Dry In The Southeast
- In the West, sunny skies and adequate moisture supplies favor reproductive winter grains and oilseeds.
- In southeastern Australia, pockets of dryness are untimely for winter crops, in or nearing reproduction.
- In northern New South Wales and Queensland, needed showers help stabilize winter wheat prospects.
SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Needed For Argentine Wheat; Too Wet In Southern Brazil
- Warm weather promotes winter grain growth throughout Argentina, although rain is needed in many areas for normal crop development.
- Lingering wetness in southern Brazil raises concerns about the quality of reproductive to maturing wheat.
MEXICO: Rainfall Tapers Off Across The Southern Plateau
- Drier conditions spur development of corn and other rain-fed summer crops.
CANADA: Warm, Dry Weather Aids Drydown And Harvesting Of Prairie Crops
- Conditions favor maturation and harvesting of spring grains and oilseeds.