USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Rain Slows Harvesting But Favors Winter Crops
- Widespread rain over central and northern Europe slows late small grain harvesting but improves soil moisture for winter wheat and rapeseed establishment.
- Locally heavy rain in northern Italy hampers summer crop maturation and harvesting.
- Drought in the Balkans maintains concerns over soil moisture shortages for winter crops.
MIDDLE EAST: Seasonably Dry Weather Persists
- Dry weather promotes winter wheat planting.
FSU: Western Dryness Contrasts With Eastern Showers
- Generally dry weather from Ukraine into central and southern Russia promotes winter crop planting.
- Showers slow spring wheat harvesting over eastern Russia and northern Kazakhstan.
- Dry weather in southern portions of the region favors cotton harvesting.
SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Showers Persist
- Monsoon showers continue to provide a late-season boost of moisture to summer crops across India, while causing some flooding in cotton areas of southern Pakistan.
EAST ASIA: Typhoon Sanba Makes Landfall
- Typhoon Sanba makes landfall in southern South Korea with winds in excess of 80 knots and flooding rainfall along the coast.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Continue To Benefit Rice In Thailand
- Monsoon showers continue to provide favorable moisture to reproductive rice in Thailand.
AUSTRALIA: Mostly Dry Weather Throughout The Wheat Belt
- Unfavorably dry weather returns to the west, reducing soil moisture for winter grains and oilseeds.
- In southeastern Australia, mostly dry weather slows wheat, barley, and canola development.
- In east-central Australia, persistent dryness is untimely for wheat but favors summer crop planting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warm And Dry In Argentina And Southeastern Brazil
- Warm, dry weather fosters rapid development of Argentine winter grains.
- In Brazil, warm, dry weather maintains favorable conditions for coffee and sugarcane harvesting.
MEXICO: Seasonal Rains Continue Throughout The South And Northwest
- Rain benefits corn and other rain-fed crops, while further improving reservoir levels.
CANADA: Windy Conditions Hamper Spring Crop Harvesting
- Dry weather sustains rapid rates of Prairie harvesting, although gusty winds reportedly scatter windrows and cause some losses to canola.