USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Drier Weather In The North Contrasted With Southern Wetness
- Drier weather across northern Europe favored late-season fieldwork and winter crop establishment.
- Additional rain boosted soil moisture and irrigation reserves for winter crops across Spain and Italy.
- Showers returned to the southern Balkans, improving soil moisture for wheat.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Heavy Early-Season Rain Continued
- Locally heavy showers benefited early winter grain establishment.
MIDDLE EAST: Rainfall Benefited Winter Grains
- Locally heavy rain from Turkey and the Mediterranean Coast into Iraq and Iran boosted soil
moisture for winter wheat establishment.
FSU: Mostly Dry, Warm Weather Promoted Winter Crop Establishment
- Generally dry, warm weather from Belarus and northern Ukraine into Russia promoted winter grain and oilseed establishment, although northern-most crops were entering dormancy.
- Light showers in southern Russia improved conditions for winter wheat, although dryness concerns lingered in western portions of Russia's Southern District.
SOUTH ASIA: Seasonably Warm And Sunny
- Sunny, warm weather promoted cotton harvesting in India as well as wheat and rapeseed development.
EAST ASIA: Cool, Dry Weather For Winter Wheat And Rapeseed
- Dry weather continued for winter wheat and rapeseed in China, although cool weather reduced moisture demands as crop growth slows.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Continued In Java, Indonesia
- Monsoon showers continued across much of Java, Indonesia, but rainfall has been below normal thus far and more rain is needed to ensure favorable rice prospects.
AUSTRALIA: Dry Weather Benefited Winter Grains And Oilseeds
- Mostly dry weather favored winter crop maturation and harvesting throughout the west and southeast.
- In the east, brief showers provided favorable moisture to recently planted summer crops, but caused minor harvest delays for wheat.
SOUTH AMERICA: Favorably Drier In Argentina; Rain In Central Brazil
- In Argentina, drier weather supported summer grain and oilseed planting although delays continued in key production areas.
- Beneficial rain continued throughout the main soybean and cotton areas of central Brazil. In southern Brazil, dry weather spurred winter wheat growth, while promoting corn and soybean planting.
SOUTH AFRICA: Showers Maintained Favorable Crop Prospects
- Warm, showery weather benefited emerging corn and rain-fed sugarcane.