USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Developing Drought On The Iberian Peninsula Threatens Grains
- Developing drought on the Iberian Peninsula reduces prospects for reproductive wheat and barley.
- Mild conditions favor winter grains and oilseeds across northern and central Europe and ease crops out of dormancy in France and western Germany.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Dryness Persists In Morocco
- Dry weather persists in Morocco, reducing soil moisture for heading wheat and barley.
- Sunny skies favor vegetative to reproductive winter grains in northern portions of Algeria and Tunisia.
MIDDLE EAST: Heavy Rain And Snow Favor Winter Crops
- Locally heavy snow in Turkey and northern Iran boosts soil moisture reserves for wheat and barley.
- Moderate to heavy showers favor winter crops from Syria into Iraq and eastern Iran.
FSU: Additional Snow Boosts Moisture Reserves
- A fresh snowfall maintains favorable conditions for dormant winter crops in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. The western snow also increases soil moisture reserves for upcoming spring growth.
SOUTH ASIA: Warmer Weather Benefits Maturation And Harvesting
- Warm weather aids drydown and harvesting of winter rapeseed in northwestern India and rabi rice in eastern India, while favoring winter wheat maturation in northern India and Pakistan.
EAST ASIA: Rain Benefits Rice And Rapeseed
- Continuing rainfall in southeastern China maintains favorable soil moisture for early double-crop rice transplanting and vegetative winter rapeseed.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Rice Harvesting Begins In Java, Indonesia
- Rice harvesting begins in Java, Indonesia under predominantly wet conditions.
AUSTRALIA: Beneficial Warmth And Dryness In Major Summer Crop Areas
- Warm, mostly dry weather in southern Queensland and extreme northern New South Wales favors development of immature cotton and sorghum.
SOUTH AMERICA: Favorably Wetter Conditions Continue
- Widespread rain continues throughout Argentina, further stabilizing conditions for immature summer grains, oilseeds, and cotton.
- Showers intensify over Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, boosting moisture for late soybean development. Rain elsewhere increases moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn.
SOUTH AFRICA: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Persist
- Moisture is limited for normal development of rain-fed summer crops, including corn and sugarcane.