USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Milder Weather Improves Overwintering Conditions For Winter Crops
- Milder conditions across northern and central Europe ease crop stress but melt much of the continent’s snow cover. However, a deep snowpack remains in place across the Balkans.
- Developing drought on the Iberian Peninsula increases concerns for wheat and barley.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Dry Conditions Persist In Morocco
- Dry weather persists in Morocco, reducing soil moisture for wheat and barley.
- Showers favor vegetative winter grains in northern portions of Algeria and Tunisia.
MIDDLE EAST: Snow Insulates Crops From Cold Weather
- A deep snowpack in Turkey and northern Iran insulates wheat and barley from cold weather.
- Sunny skies promote winter crop development from Syria into Iraq and central Iran.
FSU: Additional Snow Boosts Moisture Reserves, Protects Against Cold
- A fresh snowfall increases insulation for dormant winter crops in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia.
- The western snow boosts soil moisture reserves for upcoming spring growth.
SOUTH ASIA: Warmer Weather For Maturing Crops In Northern India
- Warmer weather in northern India favors early winter rapeseed harvesting and spurs winter wheat development.
EAST ASIA: Rain Benefits Rapeseed Breaking Dormancy
- Rainfall in southeastern China continues to maintain favorable moisture supplies for winter rapeseed that is likely breaking dormancy.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Favor Filling Rice In Java, Indonesia
- Showers favor filling rice in Java, Indonesia, although drier weather will be needed as harvesting begins in the next couple of weeks.
AUSTRALIA: Plenty Of Water In Eastern Australia
- In northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, widespread showers maintain abundant moisture supplies for immature cotton and sorghum, favoring crop development.
SOUTH AMERICA: Rain Brings Needed Relief From Dryness
- Widespread, locally heavy rain sweeps across Argentina, bringing needed relief from heat and dryness to immature summer grains, oilseeds, and cotton.
- Beneficial rain finally reaches southern Brazil, stabilizing conditions for immature soybeans and providing topsoil moisture for secondary (safrinha) corn planting.
SOUTH AFRICA: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Persist Across The Corn Belt
- Scattered, generally light showers bring only limited relief to corn and other rain-fed summer crops.