USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Much-Needed Rain Returns To Spain
- Much-needed rain returns to Spain after a long dry spell, improving prospects for wheat and barley.
- Drier weather settles over central and northern Europe, where mostly favorable overwintering conditions persist for winter grains and oilseeds. However, the continent remains devoid of snow cover.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Rain Returns To Morocco
- After a protracted dry spell, much-needed rain returns to Morocco, improving soil moisture for wheat.
- Soil moisture remains favorable for winter wheat and barley in Algeria and Tunisia.
MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Continue In The North
- Rain and snow continue in Turkey, Syria, and northwestern Iran, maintaining favorable soil moisture reserves for winter grains.
FSU: Additional Snowfall Insulates Winter Crops In Russia
- A fresh snowfall insulates winter grains and oilseeds from potential incursions of bitter cold in Russia.
- Dormant winter grains and oilseeds remain devoid of protective snow cover in Ukraine and Belarus.
SOUTH ASIA: Unseasonably Heavy Rain
- Unseasonably heavy showers provide beneficial moisture for rabi rice in eastern India.
EAST ASIA: Cold Weather For Dormant Winter Crops
- Cold, dry weather prevails across dormant winter wheat in China.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture For Rice In Indonesia
- Showers maintain abundant moisture supplies for reproductive rice in Java, Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Rain Continues To Benefit Summer Crops
- In northern New South Wales and Queensland, widespread showers maintain abundant moisture supplies for dryland and irrigated summer crops.
- In southeastern and western Australia, mostly dry weather favors final winter crop harvesting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Much-Needed Rain Overspreads Argentina And Southern Brazil
- A strong cold front brings widespread, locally heavy rain and cooler weather to Argentina, helping to alleviate stress on corn and soybeans.
- Beneficial showers return to corn and soybean areas of southern Brazil. Conditions remain overall favorable for soybeans, cotton, and coffee grown farther north.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Continues
- Rain and summer warmth maintain generally favorable summer crop prospects across the corn belt.