USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Warm, Rainy Weather Exposed Winter Crops
- Warm, wet weather melted much of the region’s protective snow cover, exposing winter grains and oilseeds to the elements.
- Showers across southern Europe favored vegetative winter wheat.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Lingered In Eastern Crop Districts
- Additional showers benefited vegetative winter grains in Algeria and Tunisia.
- Sunny skies promoted winter wheat growth in Morocco after recent rainfall.
MIDDLE EAST: Mild, Wet Weather Persisted
- Warm, wet weather from Turkey into Iraq and Iran maintained favorable moisture reserves for winter grains but kept much of the region devoid of a protective snow cover.
FSU: Snow Returned
- Snow returned, insulating winter crops from potential incursions of bitter cold.
SOUTH ASIA: Mild Weather For Wheat And Rapeseed
- Beneficially mild weather across northern India aided wheat and rapeseed development, as wheat nears reproduction and rapeseed begins to ripen.
EAST ASIA: Some Showers For Winter Crops
- Light showers boosted moisture reserves for dormant wheat and rapeseed on the North China Plain and in the Yangtze Valley.
- Warm weather facilitated greening of rapeseed in portions of southern China as well as field preparations for early-crop rice.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Favored Reproductive Rice In Java
- Heavy monsoon showers continued across Java, Indonesia, maintaining abundant moisture supplies for reproductive rice.
AUSTRALIA: Oswald Soaked Summer Crops Before Slowly Departing
- The remnants of tropical Cyclone Oswald continued to cause local flooding in southeastern Queensland and eastern New South Wales, but the widespread, soaking rains benefited dryland cotton and sorghum.
SOUTH AMERICA: Dryness Lingered In Key Production Areas
- Showers returned to Argentina, but pockets of dryness persisted in high-yielding central corn and soybean areas.
- Lingering dryness reduced moisture for corn and soybeans in southern Brazil, but ample rain benefited most crops throughout central Brazil and the northeast interior.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Maintained Favorable Summer Crop Prospects
- Showers and summer warmth benefited corn and other rain-fed summer crops advancing through reproduction.