USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Cold, Unsettled Weather Persisted
- Cold, unsettled weather across much of central and northern Europe favored dormant winter crops.
- Rain and locally heavy snow in the Balkans boosted moisture for winter wheat.
- Showers returned to Spain and Italy, maintaining favorable prospects for vegetative winter grains.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Skies Returned
Sunny skies promoted winter grain establishment in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia after a recent extended spell of wet weather.
MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Benefited Winter Grains
- Periods of rain and high-elevation snow lingered in Turkey and Iran, maintaining favorable conditions for winter wheat and barley establishment.
- Showers favored winter grains from Syria into northern Jordan.
FSU: Arctic Cold Threatened Russia’s Exposed Winter Grains
- Arctic cold threatened exposed winter wheat across west-central Russia.
- A moderate to deep snowpack insulated Ukraine’s winter grains from bitter cold.
SOUTH ASIA: Brief Showers And Mild Weather
- Mild weather and a brief period of light rain favored winter wheat and rapeseed in northern India.
EAST ASIA: Rain And Snow Increased Moisture Reserves For Winter Wheat
- A mix of rain and snow boosted moisture reserves in wheat areas of the North China Plain.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Drier In The Philippines; More Rain In Java, Indonesia
- Drier weather aided recovery efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Bopha.
- Monsoon showers maintained adequate moisture supplies for rice in Java, Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Rain Benefited Summer Crops
- In east-central Australia, scattered showers boosted topsoil moisture for vegetative summer crops.
- In southeastern Australia, passing showers temporarily interrupted winter crop harvesting.
- In Western Australia, unfavorably wet weather continued to hamper winter grain harvesting, increasing concerns about crop quality.
SOUTH AMERICA: Conditions Favored Brazilian Crops; Somewhat Drier In Argentina
- Moderate to heavy rain maintained generally favorable moisture for soybeans, corn, and other summer crops throughout central and southern Brazil.
- Rainfall tapered off in Argentina, but lingering wetness slowed corn and soybean planting.
SOUTH AFRICA: Beneficial Showers Overspread The Region
- Locally heavy rain increased moisture for rain-fed summer crops, including corn and sugarcane.