USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Rain And Snow Boost Soil Moisture
- Rain and snow in central and northern Europe boost soil moisture reserves for winter grains and oilseeds . Snow cover, however, is shallow and patchy in eastern growing areas.
- Sunny skies in Spain promote winter wheat and barley growth.
- NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Eastern Showers Benefit Winter Grains
- Showers in eastern Algeria and Tunisia maintain favorable prospects for wheat and barley.
- Sunny skies promote winter grain development in Morocco.
MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow Persist In Turkey, Return To Syria
- Rain and snow continue in Turkey, boosting soil moisture reserves for mostly dormant winter grains.
- Wet weather returns to Syria, favoring vegetative winter grains, while sunny skies in Iran encourage additional winter crop growth.
FSU: Colder, But Unsettled Weather Continues
- Colder conditions return to the region, causing rain to change to snow. Soil moisture reserves continue to improve in Ukraine and Belarus for spring growth.
- An adequate snowpack protects winter grains in central and northern Russia from bitter cold.
SOUTH ASIA: Cool In The North; Dry, Warm In The South
- Dry weather continues to benefit cotton harvesting in southern India.
- Cool weather in northern India promotes development of vegetative winter wheat and rapeseed.
EAST ASIA: Cold, Dry Weather For Dormant Crops
- Seasonably cold, dry weather prevails for dormant winter crops in China.
SOUTHEAST ASIA:Drier Weather Follows Tropical Storm Washi
- Drier weather follows Tropical Storm Washi in the southern Philippines, aiding recovery efforts.
AUSTRALIA: Drier Weather Helps Winter Crop Harvesting
- Drier weather returns to western and southeastern Australia, allowing wheat, barley, and canola harvesting to regain momentum.
- In northern New South Wales and Queensland, occasional showers continue to favor cotton and sorghum development but slow late winter wheat harvesting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Heat And Dryness Stress Crops In Argentina And Southern Brazil
- Unseasonable heat and dryness stress reproductive corn in central Argentina, though a frontal system brings milder weather and showers later in the week.
- Continuing unseasonable warmth and dryness reduces moisture for corn, soybeans, and other predominantly rain-fed crops in southern Brazil.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Continues, But More Rain Needed
- Conditions are generally favorable for emerging to vegetative summer crops, though additional moisture would be welcome in the corn belt to ensure current yield prospects.