USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Unfavorably Dry In Spain, Although Rain Is Arriving
- Dry conditions on the Iberian Peninsula maintain high irrigation requirements for early winter wheat planting, although rain is arriving.
- Unsettled but colder weather across much of northern Europe slows fieldwork and ends the growing season from eastern France into Poland and the northern Balkans.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Eastern Showers Condition Fields
- Showers in eastern Algeria and northern Tunisia condition fields for winter grain planting. Much needed rain is arriving in western portions of the region.
MIDDLE EAST: Showers In Turkey And Syria
- Showers boost moisture for winter grain establishment in Turkey and Syria.
FSU: Cold In The West, Warm In The East
- Colder, showery weather in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia boosts soil moisture for winter grain and oilseed establishment but slows late-autumn fieldwork.
- Warm, mostly dry weather promotes the final stages of spring wheat harvesting in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia and cotton harvesting in southern crop districts.
SOUTH ASIA: More Moisture Benefits Cotton
- In India, monsoon rains continue to benefit cotton in Maharashtra, while dry weather favors winter wheat and rapeseed planting in the northwest.
EAST ASIA: Wet For Cotton
- Rain in the western North China Plain slows cotton and corn harvesting but maintains favorable soil moisture for winter wheat emergence.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Flooding Continues In Indochina
- Flooding rains persist in Vietnam, although favorably drier weather prevails in most rice areas of Thailand.
AUSTRALIA: Winter Grains And Oilseeds Are Approaching Maturation
- Widespread showers slow winter crop maturation and harvesting in Western Australia.
- In South Australia and Victoria, scattered showers temporarily delay fieldwork.
- Warm, sunny weather in New South Wales and most of southern Queensland favors wheat, barley, and canola harvesting and aids early summer crop development
SOUTH AMERICA: Drier Conditions Aid Fieldwork
- Rainfall tapers off in Argentina, spurring sunflower and corn planting after several weeks of widespread rain.
- Drier weather supports corn and soybean planting in southern Brazil.
MEXICO: Seasonably Drier Weather Dominates Much Of The Region
- Dryness promotes maturation of corn and other rain-fed summer crops on the southern plateau.
SOUTH AFRICA: Scattered Showers Benefit Winter Wheat And Corn
- Showers boost moisture for germination in eastern sections of the corn belt.
- Light showers benefit immature winter wheat in Western Cape.