USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Rain Overspreads Previously Dry Northeastern Crops Areas
- Showers arrive in Poland and Germany, providing moisture for reproductive wheat and rapeseed.
- Soil moisture remains adequate to abundant for reproductive to filling winter crops in western and southern Europe.
- Dry weather in Spain promotes winter grain maturation and harvesting.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Sunny Weather Favors Wheat Harvesting
MIDDLE EAST: Additional Rain Benefits Turkish Grains
- Persistent late-season rainfall in Turkey benefits reproductive to filling winter wheat and barley.
FSU: Additional Timely Rain In The South
- Additional timely rain improves winter crop prospects in southern portions of Ukraine and Russia.
- Warmth and dryness reduce soil moisture for vegetative spring wheat in Kazakhstan and eastern Russia.
SOUTH ASIA: Monsoon Off To A Slow Start
- Growers continue to await the onset of the Indian Monsoon before beginning widespread planting.
EAST ASIA: Favorable Moisture For Summer Crops
- Monsoon rains in southern China maintain favorable moisture supplies for rice and other summer crops.
- Rainfall in northeastern China increases soil moisture for newly emerged corn and soybeans.
- Warm, dry weather helps winter wheat harvesting on the North China Plain.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Tropical Cyclone Mawar
- Tropical Cyclone Mawar brings heavy rainfall to the northern Philippines, maintaining abundant to excessive moisture supplies for rice and corn.
AUSTRALIA: Favorable For Sowing In The Southeast
- Passing showers in Western Australia are too light to significantly benefit vegetative winter crops.
- In the southeast, mostly dry weather follows last week’s beneficial rains, favoring winter crop sowing.
- Rain in most of New South Wales and Queensland slows summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting, but provides a welcome boost in topsoil moisture for early winter crop development.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth And Dryness Help To Dry Fields In Argentina
- In Argentina, unseasonably, warm, dry weather helps to alleviate excessive wetness that has slowed corn and soybean harvesting.
- In Brazil, lingering showers benefit secondary (safrinha) corn and winter wheat.
MEXICO: Showers Are Sparse Across The Corn Belt
- Rain is needed for germination and establishment of rain-fed summer crops.
CANADA: Showers Slow The Final Stages Of Prairie Planting
- Widespread, locally heavy rain hampers the final stages of spring grain and oilseed planting.