USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Dryness Concerns In The Balkans
- Dry, hot weather across the Balkans accelerates corn and sunflower harvesting but further reduces soil moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.
- Showers across central and northern Europe further hamper efforts to sow winter grains and oilseeds, although drier weather is settling over much of the continent.
MIDDLE EAST: Season’s First Rain
- The season’s first rain in Turkey supplies moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.
FSU: Soil Moisture Becoming Limited In The West
- Dry, unseasonably warm weather in Belarus, Ukraine, and southern Russia promotes fieldwork but reduces soil moisture for winter crop planting.
- Locally heavy showers in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia hamper spring wheat harvesting.
- Unseasonable showers slow cotton harvesting in some southern crop districts.
SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Withdrawal Begins
- A withdrawal of the monsoon from northern and western areas allows beneficially drier weather to overspread saturated cotton fields in Pakistan and northern India.
EAST ASIA: Drier For Mature Crops
- Drier weather benefits cotton and soybean harvesting in China.
- Typhoon Roke causes more widespread flooding for rice in Japan.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Remains Active
- The monsoon remains active across Indochina and the Philippines, benefiting rice and corn.
- Conditions are too dry for oil palm in Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Favorable In The West, Too Dry In The Southeast
- In Western Australia, warm, showery weather continues to benefit winter grains and oilseeds.
- In the southeast, mostly dry weather further reduces soil moisture for reproductive winter crops.
- In east-central Australia, warm, sunny weather favors summer crop sowing and filling winter wheat.
SOUTH AMERICA: Beneficial Rain In Argentina; Wetness Returns To Southern Brazil
- Rain brings some relief from dryness to Argentina's western wheat areas.
- Locally heavy rain returns to Brazil's main wheat areas, slowing harvesting and threatening grain quality.
MEXICO: Warmth And Dryness Dominate Much Of The Country
-Warm, mostly dry weather fosters rapid maturation of corn and other rain-fed summer row crops in key southern production areas.
- Monsoon showers appear to be ending in the north.
CANADA: Showers Cause Some Delays In Autumn Fieldwork
-Locally heavy showers overspread the southeastern Prairies, temporarily delaying spring grain and oilseed harvesting. -Conditions are overall favorable for fieldwork elsewhere on the Prairies.
-Rain hampers winter wheat planting and early summer crop harvesting in sections of Ontario.