USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Wet Weather Persisted
- Persistent showers across northern Europe hampered fieldwork but favored winter grains and oilseeds.
- Heavy rain boosted soil moisture and irrigation reserves for winter crops across Spain and Italy.
- Dry, warm weather returned to the southern Balkans, where more rain is needed for wheat.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Heavy Early-Season Rain Continued
- Widespread, locally heavy early-season rainfall benefited early winter grain establishment.
MIDDLE EAST: Heavy Rain Benefited Western Winter Crops
- Heavy rain across Turkey and the Mediterranean Coast boosted soil moisture for winter grains.
- Warm, mostly sunny weather in Iran and Iraq promoted winter wheat establishment.
FSU: Rain And Snow Continued; Some Moisture Reached Southern Crop Areas
- Rain and snow continued from Belarus and northern Ukraine into central and northern Russia, maintaining adequate to abundant soil moisture for winter crops.
- Much-needed showers in southern Russia improved conditions for wheat.
SOUTH ASIA: Drier In Southern And Eastern India
- Drier weather returned to India facilitating cotton and rice harvesting in the south and east.
- Warm, sunny weather aided development of winter wheat and rapeseed in northwestern India but increased irrigation demands.
EAST ASIA: Favorably Cool For Winter Wheat And Rapeseed
- Cool weather and occasional light showers benefited winter wheat and rapeseed establishment in China, although more rainfall would be welcomed to build moisture reserves going into the winter.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Monsoon Rains Benefit Rice In Java, Indonesia
- Showers across the western half of Java, Indonesia boosted moisture supplies as rice transplanting
AUSTRALIA: Favorably Dry In The West And South, Rain In The East
- Dry weather overspread Western Australia, South Australia, and Victoria by mid-week, promoting winter grain maturation and harvesting.
- Rain in eastern Australia slowed wheat drydown and harvesting but favored vegetative summer crops.
SOUTH AMERICA: Much-Needed Warmth And Dryness Benefited Argentina
- For much of the week, warm, dry weather dominated Argentina, helping to dry fields for corn and soybean planting and bringing some relief to winter grains.
- Showers expanded across central Brazil, increasing moisture for soybeans. Favorably drier weather prevailed in southern Brazil, spurring soybean planting and drying out maturing winter wheat.
SOUTH AFRICA: Showers Maintained Generally Favorable Crop Prospects
- Light showers and seasonable warmth maintained favorable prospects for emerging summer crops in eastern sections of the corn belt.