USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Intensifying Drought On The Iberian Peninsula Threatens Winter Grains
- Intensifying drought on the Iberian Peninsula reduces prospects for reproductive winter wheat.
- Showers in France and Germany end a month-long dry spell, providing moisture for winter crops that are easing out of dormancy.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Unfavorable Dryness Persists In Morocco
- Dry conditions in Morocco further reduce soil moisture for heading wheat and barley.
- Heavy rain favors vegetative to reproductive winter grains in eastern Algeria and Tunisia.
MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Return
- After a brief respite, locally heavy snow in Turkey boosts soil moisture reserves for wheat and barley.
- Showers favor winter crops in Syria, Iraq, and western Iran.
FSU: Cold Weather Maintains Snow Cover
- Cold weather keeps the region encased in a moderate to deep snowpack. Consequently, winter crops remain dormant.
SOUTH ASIA: Warm Weather Benefits Harvest Activities
- Warm, dry weather continues to benefit winter rapeseed harvesting in northwestern India as well as the start of winter wheat harvesting in the north.
EAST ASIA: Warmer Weather And Rain Benefit Rapeseed
- Increasing temperatures and periodic showers aid greening winter rapeseed in China.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Harvest Delays In Western Java, Indonesia
- Heavy showers delay rice harvesting across western Java, Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Favorable For Summer Crops
- Mostly sunny skies and relatively warm weather benefit maturing summer crops in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina Remains Wet; Dry Weather Returns To Southern Brazil
- In Argentina, wet, albeit warm, weather maintains abundant moisture for late-planted corn and soybeans.
- Unfavorable warmth and dryness return to southern Brazil, hastening maturation and drydown of soybeans and reducing moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn.
SOUTH AFRICA: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Persist
- Unfavorably warm, dry weather further stresses corn and other immature summer crops throughout much of the region.