USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Continued Favorable For Winter Crops
- In Europe, showery, unseasonably mild weather continued, maintaining favorable overwintering conditions for winter grains and oilseeds but leaving most major growing areas devoid of snow cover.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Expanded Across The Region
- Showers improved soil moisture for winter grains in Algeria and Tunisia.
MIDDLE EAST: Warm, Unsettled Weather Prevailed In The West
- In Turkey, warm, showery weather maintained moisture reserves for winter wheat. Colder, snowy conditions, however, have returned, providing much-needed insulation for dormant winter grains.
- Dry weather prevailed in Iraq and Iran, although a cold front was approaching with showers.
FSU: A Fresh Snowfall Insulated Winter Grains
- In Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, occasional snow provided dormant winter wheat additional protection from potential incursions of bitter cold.
SOUTH ASIA: Unseasonably Cool In Northern India
- Cooler-than-normal weather slowed wheat and rapeseed development across northern India.
EAST ASIA: Showers In Southern China, Colder Across Northern Crop Areas
- Light showers maintained favorable moisture reserves for winter rapeseed and vegetables in southern China.
- Despite frigid temperatures in portions of the North China Plain, a shallow covering of snow protected dormant winter wheat.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Showers Benefit Rice In Java, Indonesia
- Heavy showers boosted moisture supplies for rice across Java, Indonesia.
- Tropical Storm Sonamu brought heavy showers to the southern Philippines, maintaining high moisture supplies for rice and corn.
AUSTRALIA: Hot And Dry
- Hot, dry weather elevated evaporation rates in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, increasing irrigation requirements for cotton and reducing soil moisture for dryland sorghum.
- In western and southeastern Australia, hot, dry weather continued to favor winter wheat harvesting.
SOUTH AMERICA: Warmth And Dryness Benefited Summer Crops In Central Argentina
- Warm, mostly dry weather aided late corn and soybean plantings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Rain benefited soybeans in key production areas of southern and central Brazil, but warmth and dryness stressed soybeans and cotton in sections of the northeastern interior.
SOUTH AFRICA: Warm, Showery Weather Promoted Summer Crop Development
- Conditions remained overall favorable for rain-fed corn and sugarcane.