USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Additional Rain Boosts Crop Prospects
- Persistent showers boost prospects for filling winter crops across much of Europe. Soil moisture remains adequate to abundant for spring wheat and vegetative summer crops.
- Locally hot, dry conditions in the Balkans reduce soil moisture for corn and sunflowers.
- Dry weather in Spain favors winter grain harvesting.
MIDDLE EAST: Showers Return, But Wheat Harvesting Proceeds
- Showers in Turkey provide supplemental moisture for irrigated summer crops but are not heavy enough to delay wheat and barley harvesting.
FSU: Hot In The South, Showers Fall Elsewhere
- Heat stresses filling wheat in southern portions of Ukraine and Russia.
- Widespread, locally heavy showers boost soil moisture for grains and oilseeds from Belarus and northern Ukraine into northern Russia.
- Showers benefit jointing spring wheat in eastern Russia.
SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Rains In Central And Eastern India
- Monsoon rains encourage planting of cotton, groundnuts, and rice across central and eastern India.
- Dry weather limits planting of cotton, groundnuts, and soybeans in western India.
EAST ASIA: Too Hot And Dry On The North China Plain
- Unfavorably hot, dry weather continues for flowering cotton on the North China Plain.
- Tropical Cyclone Guchol brings flooding rains to coastal Japan.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Tropical Cyclone Talim
- Tropical Cyclone Talim brings beneficial rains to rice in the northeastern Philippines but causes more coastal flooding.
AUSTRALIA: Rain Benefits Crops In The West And Southeast
- In Western Australia, rain maintains near ideal conditions for winter grain and oilseed development.
- Soaking rains in southeastern Australia boost prospects for vegetative wheat, barley, and canola.
- In northern New South Wales and Queensland, dry weather reduces soil moisture for winter wheat.
SOUTH AMERICA: Dry In Argentina; Wet In Southern Brazil
- In Argentina, mild, dry weather helps to further alleviate excessive moisture for summer crop harvesting and winter grain planting.
- Locally heavy showers persist in southern Brazil, maintaining abundant to excessive moisture for winter grains and sugarcane and resulting in some flooding.
MEXICO: Rain Overspreads The Southern Plateau Corn Belt
- Tropical showers increase moisture for germination and establishment of corn and other rain-fed summer crops.
CANADA: Cool, Showery Weather Continues Across The Prairies
- Spring grain and oilseed planting is virtually complete, and warmer weather is needed to improve growing conditions.