Increasingly dry conditions in western Europe contrasted with beneficial rain in central and eastern areas.
ridge of high pressure maintained mostly dry weather from
southeastern England and France onto the Iberian Peninsula.
Short-term dryness has become a concern in southeastern
England, France, and - to a lesser extent - western
Germany, with rainfall over the past 30 days totaling 10 to 50
percent of normal.
However, winter wheat and rapeseed
were still in the vegetative stages of development and yield
potential had not yet been adversely impacted.
longer-term dryness (10-50 percent of normal over the past
60 days) and warmer-than-normal temperatures (up to 7°C
above normal) have adversely impacted wheat and barley in
the reproductive (north) to filling (south) stages of
development; as a result, yield expectations have likely been
Meanwhile, a series of slow-moving storms brought
widespread soaking rainfall (10-75 mm, locally more) from
central and southern portions of Germany and Poland into the
Balkans and eastern Italy.
The wet weather slowed the
planting of summer crops (corn, soybeans, sunflowers, and
cotton) but maintained excellent moisture supplies for
vegetative winter grains and oilseeds.