USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Widespread Rain Benefited Winter Crops
- Additional, widespread rain benefited winter crop establishment across Spain, France, and England.
- Much-needed showers improved winter wheat prospects in Italy and the northern Balkans, while drought persisted in the lower Danube River Valley.
MIDDLE EAST: Dry Weather Prevailed
- Dry weather promoted a rapid pace of winter grain planting, although showers returned to Turkey by week’s end.
FSU: Rainy Weather In The North Contrasted With Southern Dryness
- Showers boosted moisture for winter wheat in Ukraine, Belarus, and western Russia.
- Sunny, warm weather in southern Russia reduced soil moisture for winter wheat establishment.
SOUTH ASIA: Dry Weather Favored Summer Crop Harvesting And Winter Crop Planting
- Seasonably dry weather favored fieldwork across India, with showers in Tamil Nadu boosting moisture supplies for rabi groundnuts.
EAST ASIA: Winter Crop Planting Continued
- Warm, dry weather benefited winter wheat and rapeseed planting across China.
- A widespread freeze in northeastern China ended the growing season and aided drydown of corn and soybeans.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Seasonably Dry Weather Aided Rice Maturation
- Dry weather across much of Indochina aided rice maturation as well as coffee harvesting in Vietnam.
AUSTRALIA: Hot, Dry Weather Stressed Immature Winter Grains
- In northern New South Wales and Queensland, hot, dry weather aided winter wheat maturation but increased irrigation requirements for summer crops, which are currently being planted.
- In southeastern Australia, heat and dryness reduced the yield potential of filling winter grains.
- In Western Australia, hot, dry weather accelerated wheat, barley, and canola development.
SOUTH AMERICA: Wet Weather Continued In Argentina And Central Brazil
- Soaking rain maintained locally excessive levels of moisture for winter grains and emerging summer crops in central Argentina.
- Beneficial rain continued in key soybean areas of central Brazil, while drier weather brought some relief to winter wheat in Rio Grande do Sul.
MEXICO: Tropical Moisture Boosted Northwestern Reservoirs
- Showers gave a late-season boost to northwestern watersheds, but drier conditions prevailed for maturing corn farther south.
SOUTH AFRICA: Beneficial Rain Continued
- Rain increased moisture for summer crop germination in eastern sections of the corn belt.