USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Dry, Mild Weather Promoted Winter Crop Growth
- Dry, mild weather across much of northern and central Europe favored late-season fieldwork and winter crop establishment. However, locally heavy rain hampered fieldwork in the United Kingdom.
- Showers boosted soil moisture and irrigation reserves for winter crops across Spain and southern Italy.
NORTHWESTERN AFRICA: Showers Continued
- Light to moderate showers benefited early winter grain establishment but hampered fieldwork.
MIDDLE EAST: Rainfall Benefited Winter Grains
- Locally heavy rain persisted from Turkey and the Mediterranean Coast into Iraq and western Iran, boosting soil moisture for winter wheat establishment.
FSU: Most Crops Now Dormant
- Despite warmer-than-normal weather, winter grains from Belarus and Ukraine into Russia were now dormant. Only crops in southern growing areas remained vegetative.
- Isolated showers in southern Russia provided little — if any — topsoil moisture for winter wheat, where warmer-than-normal weather extended the growing season.
SOUTH ASIA: Sunny, Mild Weather
- Sunny, mild weather promoted cotton harvesting in southern India as well as rabi crop development elsewhere.
EAST ASIA: Cold And Dry As Some Winter Crops Entered Dormancy
- Cold weather began easing winter wheat into dormancy across northern portions of the North China Plain.
SOUTHEAST ASIA:Heavy Rains Increased Moisture For Rice in Java, Indonesia
- Heavy monsoon showers bolstered moisture supplies for rice in Java, Indonesia.
AUSTRALIA: Hot And Dry
- Hot, dry weather spurred winter grain maturation and harvesting across most of the wheat belt but increased irrigation requirements for vegetative summer crops in eastern Australia.
SOUTH AMERICA: Wet Weather Returned To Argentina
- Heavy rain in central Argentina renewed concerns for the effects of excessive wetness on winter grain development and planting of summer crops.
- In Brazil, rain maintained generally favorable moisture for soybeans and other summer row crops.
SOUTH AFRICA:Warm, Showery Weather Continued
- Prospects remained overall favorable for corn, sugarcane, and other rain-fed summer crops.