USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Mostly Dry; Crops Now Dormant In Central And Eastern Crop Areas
- Dry weather favors late summer crop harvesting, while winter grains and oilseeds are now dormant in central and eastern Europe.
- Showers across Spain boost moisture for winter grain planting and establishment.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Heavy Rain Continues
- Locally heavy rain maintains excellent soil moisture for wheat and barley establishment.
MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain And Snow Maintain Favorable Early Wheat Prospects
- Rain in Iran maintains favorable early season prospects for winter wheat and barley.
- Winter grains enter dormancy on Turkey’s Anatolia Plateau.
FSU: Seasonably Cold; Crops Dormant
- Winter crops are dormant. Snow cover in Russia affords protection against incursions of bitter cold.
- Concerns persist for Ukraine winter wheat, which is devoid of snow cover and locally poorly established.
SOUTH ASIA: Showers In Southern India, Drier Elsewhere
- Showers from a tropical depression bring late-season moisture to southern India, benefiting cotton and groundnuts.
- Warm, dry weather favors the early stages of cotton harvesting in central and western India.
EAST ASIA: Cooler Weather Overspreads China
- Cooler weather prevails in eastern China, slowing winter wheat growth.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Beneficial Rains In Java, Indonesia; More Flooding In The Philippines
- Rain favors establishment of main-season rice in Java, Indonesia.
- More flooding in the Philippines necessitates replanting of rice and corn.
AUSTRALIA: Too Wet In The East, Still Favorably Dry In The West
- Heavy rain in New South Wales and Queensland delays winter grain harvesting and increases concerns about crop quality while maintaining abundant to locally excessive moisture supplies for summer crops.
- Widespread showers in South Australia and Victoria hamper wheat, barley, and canola harvesting.
- In Western Australia, mostly dry weather continues to favor winter crop dry down and harvesting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Maintains Generally Favorable Conditions For Summer Crops
- Early week rain increases moisture for winter grains and summer crops throughout much of central and northeastern Argentina.
- Showers maintain overall favorable conditions for soybeans and other crops, including coffee and sugarcane, throughout south-central Brazil.
SOUTH AFRICA: Showers Bring Some Relief From Dryness
- Scattered showers boost topsoil moisture for germination of corn and other summer crops.