USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Widespread Rain Benefits Winter Crops
- Widespread rain benefits winter crop establishment from France and England into Poland.
- Much-needed showers improve winter wheat prospects in the northern and central Balkans, while drought persists in the lower Danube River Valley.
MIDDLE EAST: Rain Promotes Turkish Winter Grains
- Locally heavy showers boost soil moisture for winter grain planting and establishment in Turkey.
FSU: Rain Improves Moisture For Winter Wheat
- Showers improve moisture for winter wheat in Ukraine and southern Russia.
- Locally heavy rain favors winter crop establishment across central and northern portions of the region.
- Russia’s spring wheat harvest is virtually complete.
SOUTH ASIA: Dry Weather Favors Summer Crop Harvesting
- As the monsoon continues its withdrawal, dry weather promotes summer crop harvesting as well as winter wheat and rapeseed planting.
EAST ASIA: Freeze In Northeastern China
- A season-ending freeze occurs in northeastern China as corn and soybean harvesting progresses.
- Winter wheat and rapeseed planting is underway on the North China Plain and in the Yangtze Valley.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Drier in Northern Thailand And The Philippines
- Dry weather aids rice maturation in northern Thailand and the northern Philippines.
AUSTRALIA: Warm And Dry In The West, Showers In The South And East
- Warm, dry weather hastens wheat, barley, and canola development in Western Australia.
- Cool, wet weather helps maintain the yield potential of winter grains and oilseeds in southern and eastern Australia, while providing a welcome boost in topsoil moisture for summer crop planting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Soaks Central Argentina; More Rain For Central Brazil
- In central Argentina, locally heavy rain stalls summer crop planting and causes some additional flooding.
- Rain returns to central Brazil, boosting moisture for newly planted soybeans.
MEXICO: Conditions Favor Maturing Summer Crops
- Warmth and dryness aid maturing corn across the southern plateau. In addition, a lack of monsoon rainfall is slowing recharge of northern reservoirs.
SOUTH AFRICA: Showers Boost Topsoil Moisture For Summer Crop Germination
- Beneficial rain overspreads eastern sections of the corn belt as well as major coastal sugarcane areas.