EUROPE: Rain And Snow Favored Winter Crops
- In Europe, western rain and eastern snow provided favorable overwintering conditions for winter crops.
- Light showers returned to Spain, maintaining soil moisture for vegetative winter wheat and barley.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Skies Promoted Winter Grain Growth
- Sunny skies promoted winter grain growth, although soil moisture has become limited in southern Morocco.
MIDDLE EAST: A Strong Storm Generated Heavy Rain And Historic Snow
- A strong, slow-moving storm produced heavy rain as well as a historic snowfall in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, causing flooding and disrupting travel. However, the storm recharged irrigation reserves and boosted soil moisture for winter grains.
- Rain and mountain snow spread into Iraq and Iran, boosting moisture reserves for winter crops.
FSU: Winter Crops Are Now Fully Insulated From Bitter Cold
- Additional snow provided dormant winter grains protection from potential incursions of bitter cold.
SOUTH ASIA: Too Cold For Crops In Northern India
- Cold weather and isolated freezes restricted development of vegetative wheat and rapeseed in northern India and may have caused some localized damage.
EAST ASIA: Seasonably Cold/Dry
- Seasonably cold, dry weather prevailed for dormant crops on the North China Plain and in the Yangtze Valley.
- Patchy areas of freezing temperatures in southern China caused localized damage to sugarcane.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture For Rice In Most Of Java, Indonesia
- Monsoon showers maintained beneficial moisture supplies for reproductive rice in western and central Java, while drier weather in eastern Java reduced moisture supplies.
AUSTRALIA: Excessive Heat Stressed Summer Crops
- Very hot weather overspread southern Queensland and New South Wales, stressing dryland summer crops while hampering development of irrigated crops.
- In the west and southeast, hot, mostly dry weather enabled winter wheat harvesting to near completion.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warm, Dry Weather Aided Fieldwork In Central Argentina
- Mostly dry, warmer-than-normal weather spurred late corn and soybean planting in key production areas of central Argentina.
- Widespread, locally heavy rain increased moisture for soybeans, corn, and other crops throughout central and southern Brazil, including previously dry locations in the northeastern interior.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Continued, Benefiting Rain-Fed Summer Crops
- Warm, showery weather maintained mostly favorable conditions for corn, sugarcane, and other rain-fed summer crops, although pockets of dryness lingered in eastern sections of the corn belt.