USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Unseasonable Warmth And Dryness Reduce Balkans Soil Moisture
- Persistent warmth and dryness across the Balkans accelerate corn and sunflower harvesting but further deplete soil moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.
- Dry weather returns to central and northern Europe, promoting winter grain and oilseed planting.
MIDDLE EAST: Additional Showers In Turkey
- Showers in southeastern Turkey provide moisture for winter wheat planting and establishment.
FSU: Showers Improve Western Soil Moisture
- Showers in Belarus and Ukraine improve soil moisture for winter grain planting.
- Locally heavy rain in western and southern Russia slows fieldwork but boosts moisture for winter crops.
- Drier weather in northern Kazakhstan and eastern Russia favors late spring wheat harvesting.
- Sunny skies promote cotton harvesting in southern crop districts.
SOUTH ASIA: Rapid Monsoon Withdrawal
- A rapid withdrawal of the monsoon from southern India brings unfavorably dry weather to reproductive cotton.
- Dry weather favors cotton and rice harvesting in northern India and throughout Pakistan.
EAST ASIA: Too Wet For Cotton
- Widespread rainfall in China is unfavorable for mature cotton in the east.
- A widespread freeze in Manchuria ends the growing season and encourages drydown of soybeans and corn.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Typhoons Nesat And Nalgae
- Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae flood rice areas in the northern Philippines.
AUSTRALIA: Rain Benefits Winter Grains And Oilseeds
- In Western Australia, showers continue to favor late reproductive to filling winter grains and oilseeds.
- In southeastern Australia, timely rain boosts wheat, barley, and canola prospects, while farther north soaking rains aid immature wheat and further increase irrigation supplies prior to summer crop sowing.
SOUTH AMERICA: Seasonal Rains Intensify Over Central Brazil
- Rain provides timely moisture for soybean planting in Mato Grosso, Brazil's leading producer.
- Light showers boost topsoil moisture for winter grains in Argentina's southwestern production areas.
MEXICO: Warmth And Dryness Dominate The Southern Plateau; Rainy Elsewhere
- Warm, mostly dry weather promotes maturation of corn and other rain-fed summer crops on the southern plateau.
- Showers in the north give a late-season boost to reservoir levels.
CANADA: Dry Weather Supports Prairie Harvests
- Mostly dry, unseasonably warm weather aids spring grain and oilseed harvesting.
Juli says: Rains over key production areas of South American are timely in that they encourage producers to get started planting, once they are able -- as long as rains don't become heavy and delay planting.