USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Bitter Cold Weather Threatens Winter Crops
- Bitter cold weather threatens exposed winter crops in northern Europe. The greatest threat for freeze damage is to northern France’s durum wheat as well as wheat and rapeseed in northeast Germany and northwest Poland.
- Rain and record-setting snow in portions of Spain and southern Italy boost moisture for vegetative winter wheat, although the accompanying cold poses a risk to citrus and specialty crops.
- Dryness remains a concern for wheat and barley in central Spain and northern Italy.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Rain And Snow
- Rain and snow in northern portions of Algeria and Tunisia boost moisture for vegetative winter grains, although the accompanying cold poses a risk to unharvested citrus.
- Dry weather persists in Morocco, reducing soil moisture for wheat and barley.
MIDDLE EAST: Additional Snow Insulates Crops
- Locally heavy snow persists in Turkey and northern Iran, insulating winter grains from cold weather.
- Showers maintain excellent winter crop prospects from northern Syria into Iraq and central Iran.
FSU: Snow Protects Against Bitter Cold
- Bitter cold remains entrenched over the region. A deep snowpack protects winter crops in Russia, while additional snow in Belarus and western Ukraine increases insulation.
- Snow cover remains shallow in southern Ukraine, where some wheat is potentially at risk to winterkill.
SOUTH ASIA: Beneficially Cool For Wheat And Rapeseed
- Cool, sunny weather continues to benefit reproductive winter wheat and maturing rapeseed in India.
EAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture For Rice
- Rain in southeastern China boosts moisture supplies ahead of early double-crop rice transplanting, which typically begins next month.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Abundant Moisture In The Philippines And Java, Indonesia
- Consistent showers maintain favorable moisture supplies for grains in the Philippines and Java, Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Drier Weather Is Welcome In The East
- Following two weeks of locally heavy rain, somewhat drier weather in eastern Australia favors cotton and sorghum development and helps ease local flooding.
SOUTH AMERICA: Showers Soak Argentine Crops; Dryness Lingers In Brazil
- In Argentina, locally heavy rain and seasonably lower temperatures bring some relief from dryness to reproductive to filling summer grains, oilseeds, and cotton.
- Unseasonable warmth and dryness linger throughout much of southern Brazil, though parts of Rio Grande do Sul receive needed rain.
SOUTH AFRICA: Rain Bring Some Relief From Warmth And Dryness
- Scattered showers benefit corn and other rain-fed summer crops recently affected by untimely warmth and dryness, although lingering pockets of dryness necessitate more moisture for crops advancing through reproduction and filling.