USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Widespread Showers Continue To Boost Crop Prospects
- Widespread showers continue to boost prospects for small grains and oilseeds in northern Europe.
- Locally heavy rain in the Balkans favors reproductive wheat and rapeseed but hampers fieldwork.
- Hot, sunny weather in Spain accelerates winter grain maturation and harvesting.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny, Hot Weather Accelerates Wheat Maturation
- Sunny, hot weather accelerates winter grain maturation and harvesting.
MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain Benefits Turkish Grains
- Late-season rainfall benefits reproductive winter wheat and barley in Turkey.
- Warm, dry weather promotes winter crop maturation and harvesting across the eastern Mediterranean.
FSU: Soil Moisture Continues To Decline In The South
- Unseasonably warm, dry weather persists from southern Ukraine into Russia’s Southern and Volga Districts, further reducing soil moisture for vegetative to heading winter grains and oilseeds.
- Showers favor vegetative spring wheat in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia. Showers also fall in southern cotton areas, boosting irrigation reserves but slowing fieldwork.
SOUTH ASIA: Hot And Dry For Cotton
- Hot, dry weather increases irrigation needs of vegetative cotton in northern India.
EAST ASIA: Warmer Weather Favors Planting In Northeastern China
- Showery weather maintains abundant soil moisture for rice in southern China, while drier weather would be welcome for rapeseed harvesting in the Yangtze Valley.
- Periodic showers boost soil moisture for corn and soybean emergence and establishment in Manchuria.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Aid Rice Establishment
- Monsoon rains continue to boost soil moisture and irrigation supplies for rice in Thailand.
AUSTRALIA: Dry Throughout The Wheat Belt
- In Western Australia, sunny skies and adequate soil moisture favor winter crop planting, germination, and emergence, while more rain is needed in southeastern Australia to encourage winter crop sowing.
- In east-central Australia, dry weather favors rapid cotton and sorghum harvesting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Mild, Showery Weather Prevails
- Showers overspread Argentina late in the week, ending a brief period of warmth and dryness that favored corn and soybean harvesting.
- Rain returns to central Brazil, boosting moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn and immature cotton.
MEXICO: Seasonal Rains Continue Over Much Of The East
- Rain increases moisture for corn, sugarcane, and other rain-fed summer crops.
CANADA: Dry Weather Spurs Fieldwork Across The Prairies
- Warm, mostly dry weather fosters rapid planting of spring grains and oilseeds.
- Rain is needed in eastern Canada for germination and establishment of corn and soybeans.