USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Additional Rain Further Delays Harvesting
-Occasional showers over much of central and northern Europe hamper small grain harvesting and raise crop quality concerns. The rain, however, is favorable for reproductive to filling summer crops.
-Somewhat drier weather in southeastern England and northern France allows producers to resume fieldwork, including early rapeseed planting and winter grain harvesting.
MIDDLE EAST: Seasonably Dry Weather Promotes Late Winter Crop Harvesting
FSU: Dry, Warm Weather Promotes Maturation And Harvesting
-Showers in Belarus and Ukraine further delay late winter crop harvesting and maintain quality concerns. However, the rain is favorable for reproductive summer crops.
-Dry, warm weather in Russia favors spring wheat maturation and winter grain and oilseed harvesting.
-Cooler conditions in the wake of last week’s excessive heat in southern growing areas ease stress on cotton.
SOUTH ASIA: Heavy Showers In India And Pakistan
-Heavy monsoon rains in India maintain favorable soil moisture for cotton and groundnuts in the west as well as rice in the east.
-Meanwhile, heavy showers flood rice areas in southern Pakistan.
EAST ASIA: More Rain From Muifa
-Showers from the remnants of Typhoon Muifa benefit reproductive corn, cotton, and soybeans in China but cause flooding for rice on the Korean Peninsula.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Showers Aid Rice Development
-Seasonable rainfall in Indochina and the Philippines promotes rice development.
AUSTRALIA: Beneficial Showers In Most Areas
-In Western Australia, intermittent rain and sun maintain near ideal weather for winter crops.
-Showers continue in southeastern Australia, benefiting vegetative winter grains and oilseeds.
-More rain is needed in Queensland, where unfavorably dry weather slows winter wheat development.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warm, Dry Weather Spurs Seasonal Fieldwork
-In Argentina, warm, mostly dry weather aids the final stages of summer crop harvesting and winter grain planting.
-Warmth and dryness spur drydown and harvesting of cotton and winter wheat in central Brazil, but wetter conditions prevail in southern farming areas.
MEXICO: Showers Continue, Albeit Lighter In Southern Areas
-Seasonal showers continue, although amounts were lower than in recent weeks for corn and other rainfed summer crops in most southern farming areas.
CANADA: Mild, Showery Weather Prevails Across The Prairies
-Light showers accompany milder weather, favoring the development of immature spring grains and oilseeds.
Juli says: Wheat traders have been keeping a close eye on harvest conditions in Europe, as the recent runup in prices has come on concerns about the quality of the crop in areas of central and northern Europe.