USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Heat And Dryness Persist In The Balkans
- Heat and dryness persist in the Balkans, maintaining high evaporative losses and poor prospects for winter wheat planting and establishment.
- Showers across northern Europe boost soil moisture for winter wheat and rapeseed establishment.
MIDDLE EAST: Showers In Turkey, But Still Generally Dry
- Showers in western Turkey improve soil moisture for winter wheat planting, although the growing season in most northern crop districts has gotten off to a dry start.
FSU: Warm, Dry Weather Lowers Moisture For Winter Wheat
- Persistent warmth and dryness reduce moisture for winter wheat in Ukraine and southern Russia.
- Generally dry weather promotes the final stages of spring wheat harvesting in eastern Russia and cotton harvesting in southern portions of the region.
SOUTH ASIA: Dry Weather Favors Summer Crop Harvesting In Northern India
- Dry weather benefits rice and cotton harvesting across northern India, while more rain would be welcome for reproductive to filling summer crops in central India.
- Monsoon rains in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh maintain favorable soil moisture for reproductive cotton, while stabilizing the condition of groundnuts diminished by previously poor rainfall.
EAST ASIA: Favorable Harvest Weather
- Beneficially warm, dry weather aids summer crop harvesting as well as winter wheat and rapeseed planting.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: More Showers In Thailand And The Philippines
- Late-season rains in Thailand and the Philippines boost moisture reserves for the dry-season rice crop planted later in the year but slow maturation and early harvesting of the current crop.
AUSTRALIA: Light Showers In The Southeast, Dry Elsewhere
- Following two weeks of beneficial rains, mostly dry weather returns to Western Australia.
- In southeastern Australia, scattered showers maintain local moisture supplies for grains and oilseeds.
- In east-central Australia, dry weather favors summer crop planting but not filling winter wheat.
SOUTH AMERICA: Dry Weather Promotes Soybean Planting In Central Brazil
- Following last week's rain, drier conditions spur soybean planting in central Brazil. Rain in southern Brazil hampers winter wheat harvesting, while providing timely moisture for corn and soybeans.
- In Argentina, rain maintains locally excessive levels of moisture for summer crop planting.
MEXICO: Seasonal Showers Diminish
- Drier conditions prevail throughout the south and northwest as the rainy season begins to wind down.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Dry Weather Supports Seasonal Fieldwork
- Conditions favor early corn planting in eastern production areas.