USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
MIDDLE EAST: Rain and Snow Continue
- Rain and high-elevation snow continue in Turkey, Syria, and northern Iran, maintaining favorable
soil moisture reserves for winter grains.
FSU: Welcome Snowfall in Ukraine
- The season's first snow falls in Ukraine, protecting winter crops from potential hard freezes.
- Dormant winter grains are adequately insulated by snow in Russia and Belarus.
SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Drier Weather Returns
- Drier weather returns to most of India, aiding cotton harvesting in southern states.
- Cool weather benefits reproductive winter wheat and rapeseed in northern India.
EAST ASIA: Light Snow for Wheat
- Light snow boosts moisture reserves for overwintering wheat in China.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture for Rice in Indonesia
- Drier weather eases excessive wetness for winter crops in the Philippines and allows oil palm
harvesting to resume in Malaysia.
AUSTRALIA: Favorable for Summer Crops
- Periods of rain and sun continue to favor cotton and sorghum development in eastern Australia.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth and Dryness Return to Argentina and Southern Brazil
- Unseasonably warm, mostly dry weather renews concerns for Argentine summer crops.
- Warm, dry weather returns to most of southern Brazil, but favorable conditions continue for soybeans,
cotton, and coffee grown farther north.
SOUTH AFRICA: Drier Weather Prevails Across the Corn Belt
- Dryness and summer warmth promote the growth of corn and other summer crops, following last week's