USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Widespread Showers Boost Soil Moisture
- Widespread, locally heavy showers overspread central and northern Europe, benefiting vegetative winter grains and oilseeds in England and France. Winter crops in Germany and Poland are dormant.
- Sunny skies in Spain promote winter grain growth.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Skies Promote Winter Grain Growth
- Following recent heavy rain, sunny skies promote fieldwork and wheat and barley growth.
MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Return To The West
- Rain and snow return to Turkey, Syria, and northern Iraq, boosting moisture reserves for dormant (north) to vegetative (south) winter grains.
- Drier weather in Iran promotes winter crop growth after recent rain.
FSU: Mild, Wet Weather Melts Much Of The Region’s Snow Cover
- Mild, wet weather melts much of the region’s protective snow cover. Only winter crops in Russia’s Volga District remain protected by a shallow to moderate snowpack.
- Rain returns to portions of Ukraine, providing some much-needed recharge to soil moisture but arriving too late for winter crop establishment.
SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Warm, Sunny Weather Aids Fieldwork
- In India, warm, sunny weather benefits cotton harvesting in central and southern areas and aids winter wheat and rapeseed development in the north.
EAST ASIA: Cold Weather Overspreads Wheat Areas
- Cold weather causes winter wheat to enter dormancy throughout the North China Plain.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Rain Continues In Java, Indonesia
- Rain benefits vegetative rice in Java, Indonesia.
- Heavy rain brings more flooding to coastal and upland rice areas of the eastern Philippines.
AUSTRALIA: Wet Weather Plagues Portions Of The East
- Persistent wetness in Queensland and northern New South Wales benefits vegetative summer crops but continues to hamper winter wheat harvesting and cause further reductions in crop quality.
- In southeastern Australia, dry weather in most of the wheat belt favors winter crop harvesting.
- In Western Australia, wheat, barley, and canola harvesting progress following passing showers.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth And Dryness Reduce Moisture For Summer Crops
- Warm, dry weather promotes drydown and harvesting of Argentine winter grains, while reducing moisture for emerging to vegetative summer crops.
- Lingering warmth and dryness in southern Brazil raise concern for corn and soybeans, though scattered showers return to some locations at week's end.
SOUTH AFRICA: Late Week Showers Bring Some Relief To The Corn Belt
- Rain brings some relief from warmth and dryness to corn and other rain-fed summer crops.