USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Mild, Wet Weather Continues In The North
- Mild, wet weather in northern and eastern Europe melts much of the region’s protective snow cover, with colder air arriving by week’s end in eastern-most growing areas.
- Short-term dryness in Spain reduces soil moisture for semi-dormant wheat and barley.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Expand Over The Region
- After a brief respite, widespread showers return, boosting soil moisture for vegetative wheat and barley.
MIDDLE EAST: Heavy Snow Insulates Crops
- Locally heavy snow in Turkey insulates winter grains from increasingly cold weather.
- Rain and snow maintain excellent winter crop prospects from northern Syria into northern Iran.
FSU: Bitter Cold, Additional Snowfall In Ukraine
- Additional snow in Ukraine helps protect winter crops from bitter cold, although some localized burnback is possible in areas with shallow snow cover.
- Despite bitter cold, dormant winter grains are adequately insulated by snow in Russia and Belarus.
SOUTH ASIA: Beneficially Cool For Wheat
- Cool, sunny weather favors reproductive winter wheat and rapeseed in northern India.
- Warm, dry conditions benefit cotton harvesting in southern India.
EAST ASIA: Snow And Ice In Southern China
- Snow and ice in southern China cause little if any harm to dormant winter rapeseed.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Drier Conditions Favor Harvesting In The Philippines
- A respite from inundating rainfall encourages corn and rice harvesting in the Philippines.
AUSTRALIA: Heavy Showers Soak Summer Crops
- In southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, frequent, locally heavy showers benefit reproductive summer crops but cause some flooding.
SOUTH AMERICA: Beneficial Rain Returns To Argentina And Southern Brazil
- Locally heavy rain benefits late-planted corn and soybeans in central Argentina.
-. Showers return to southern Brazil, boosting soil moisture for corn and soybeans. Elsewhere, conditions remain overall favorable for summer row crops, as well as coffee, sugarcane, and citrus.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Aids Summer Crops
- Scattered showers and summer warmth benefit corn and rain-fed sugarcane.