USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Milder, Wetter Weather Returns
- Milder, wetter weather returns to northern Europe, improving soil moisture for vegetative winter grains and oilseeds in France and England. Winter crops in Germany and Poland are dormant.
- Light showers in Spain favor winter grain establishment.
- Rain is returning to the Balkans, where an unfavorably dry autumn led to poor wheat establishment.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Continue
- Locally heavy showers maintain excellent soil moisture for wheat and barley establishment.
MIDDLE EAST: Dry Weather Expands Eastward
- Dry weather expands into Iraq and western Iran, favoring winter crop growth after recent rain.
- Showers linger in eastern Iran, maintaining favorable prospects for winter wheat and barley.
- Winter grains are dormant over much of Turkey.
FSU: Milder, But Crops Are Dormant
- Milder weather returns, although winter crops remain dormant. Snow cover in Russia affords protection against potential incursions of bitter cold.
- Concerns persist for Ukraine winter wheat, which is devoid of snow cover and locally poorly established.
SOUTH ASIA: Warm, Dry Weather For Harvesting
- Warm, dry weather aids cotton harvesting in central and southern India.
- Sunny weather benefits winter wheat and rapeseed development in northern India.
EAST ASIA: Colder Weather Overspreads Wheat Areas
- Colder weather overspreads winter wheat areas in China, easing the crop into dormancy.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Rain Continues In Java, Indonesia
- Rain continues to benefit rice establishment in Java, Indonesia.
- Flooding eases in the Philippines, allowing fieldwork to resume.
AUSTRALIA: Harvesting Remains Slow In The East
- In New South Wales and Queensland, widespread showers maintain concerns about winter grain quality but favor development of dryland and irrigated summer crops.
- In western and southern Australia, dry weather favors wheat, barley, and canola harvesting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warm And Showery In Argentina; Drier In Southern Brazil
- Light to moderate showers, accompanied by summer warmth, maintain generally favorable conditions for winter and summer crops in Argentina.
- Warm, dry weather in southern Brazil favors soybean planting but limits moisture for newly emerged summer crops.
SOUTH AFRICA: Scattered Showers Continue Across The Corn Belt
- Rain brings additional relief from unseasonable warmth and dryness, but more precipitation is needed to ensure uniform germination and establishment of corn and other summer crops.