USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Wet Weather Continues
- Wet weather persists across central and northern Europe, maintaining abundant soil moisture reserves for winter grains and oilseeds.
- Dry, mild conditions in Spain promote winter grain growth but reduce soil moisture and reservoir levels.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Western Dryness Contrasts With Rain In The East
- Locally heavy showers in Tunisia maintain favorable prospects for wheat and barley.
- Dry weather in Morocco reduces soil moisture for vegetative winter wheat.
MIDDLE EAST: Rain And Snow In The West And North
- Rain and snow continue in Turkey, Syria, and northern Iran, boosting soil moisture reserves for mostly dormant winter grains.
FSU: Additional Snowfall Insulates Crops, But Still Mild
- A fresh snowfall insulates winter grains and oilseeds from potential incursions of bitter cold in Belarus, eastern Ukraine, and Russia. However, it remains unseasonably mild over much of the region.
SOUTH ASIA: Unseasonably Heavy Rain
- The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Thane spawn unseasonably heavy showers in northeastern India, providing a late-season boost to moisture supplies for winter rice.
- Mild weather favors winter wheat and rapeseed, nearing reproduction.
EAST ASIA: Colder For Winter Crops
- Colder weather moves into winter crop areas of China but has little effect on well-hardened wheat and rapeseed.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Too Wet For Corn In The Philippines
- Unfavorably wet conditions return to the northern Philippines, raising concerns about corn prospects.
- Cool weather in northern Vietnam slows rice development.
AUSTRALIA: Showers Benefit Summer Crops
- In eastern Australia, scattered showers favor vegetative to reproductive summer crops.
- In southern and western Australia, light showers have minimal impact on winter crop harvesting, which is nearing completion.
SOUTH AMERICA: Heat And Dryness Stress Argentine Summer Crops
- Hot, dry weather maintains stress on corn and soybeans in key production areas of Argentina.
- Drier weather returns to southern Brazil, renewing concerns about prospects for corn, soybeans, and sugarcane. However, conditions remain favorable for soybeans and cotton farther north.
- SOUTH AFRICA: Warmth And Dryness Promote Crop Development
- Warm, dry weather follows last week’s rain, promoting the development of corn and other summer crops.