USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Heat And Dryness Return To Balkans
- Heat and dryness return to the Balkans, increasing evaporative losses and maintaining poor prospects for winter wheat planting and establishment.
- Much-needed rain boosts irrigation reserves in Spain, while locally heavy showers hamper the final stages of small grain harvesting in the United Kingdom.
MIDDLE EAST: Dry Weather Gives Way To Showers
- Dry weather gives way to showers in Turkey, improving soil moisture for winter wheat planting.
FSU: Warm, Dry Weather Reduces Moisture For Winter Wheat
- Warmth and dryness reduce moisture for wheat establishment in eastern Ukraine and southern Russia.
- Dry weather promotes spring wheat harvesting in eastern Russia and cotton harvesting in southern portions of the region. The Kazakhstan spring wheat harvest campaign is virtually complete.
SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Withdraws From The Northwest
- The Indian Monsoon withdraws from most northwestern states, facilitating drydown and maturation of cotton and rice.
EAST ASIA: Typhoon Jelawat Makes Landfall In Japan
- Typhoon Jelawat weakens considerably prior to making landfall in central Japan with untimely rainfall for maturing rice.
- Dry, mild weather aids maturation of corn, cotton, and soybeans on the North China Plain.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Continue
- Showers throughout the region maintain favorable moisture supplies for immature rice, although drier weather would be welcome as rice begins to mature in many areas.
AUSTRALIA: More Rain In The West, Mostly Dry In The Southeast
- In Western Australia, additional rain further stabilizes prospects for winter grains and oilseeds.
- Isolated showers in the southeast provide little additional moisture for reproductive winter crops.
- In east-central Australia, showers boost topsoil moisture for reproductive to filling winter wheat.
SOUTH AMERICA: Showers Promote Soybean Planting In Brazil
- A timely start to the rainy season promotes soybean planting in key production areas of central Brazil.
- Cool, dry weather slows winter grain growth in Argentina.
MEXICO: Showers Intensify In The South And Northwest
- A late-season surge in seasonal rainfall boosts moisture for corn and other immature, rain-fed summer crops, and helps to further recharge northwestern reservoirs.
CANADA: Prairie Harvests Rapidly Advance Toward Completion
- Spring grain and oilseed harvesting is nearing completion.