OMAHA (DTN) -- Light rain in the Argentina forecast and heavy precipitation indicated for central Brazil are the primary weather features for the commodity market's attention Friday.
BITTER COLD FOR MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for a bitter cold wave to sprawl across the Midwest through the weekend. The very cold air will combine with periods of snow and strong winds to hinder transportation along with bringing safety hazards to the region. Air temperatures falling to below zero Fahrenheit are likely in many locales. This is the coldest period of the winter to this point.
COLD WAVE IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
Southern Plains wheat areas have very cold conditions in store through the next seven days. Temperatures are forecast to decline to the single digits to below zero Fahrenheit. The cold air along with strong winds may be stressful to winter wheat. Snow cover is limited to a few inches in northern Kansas. Dry conditions remain as the primary threat to winter wheat.
HARSH COLD FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
The Northern Plains have a strong cold wave moving into the region. Temperatures are indicated to plunge to well-below-normal values by the weekend. This pattern will be stressful to livestock and will hinder transportation. The colder pattern remains in place through at least the 10- to 14-day time frame.
HEAVY CENTRAL BRAZIL RAIN
Across Brazil, moderate to heavy rain continues in the seven-day forecast for central and northern areas. The rain will disrupt soybean harvest and planting of safrinha (second crop) corn. Lighter rain is in store for southern areas.
LIGHT RAIN FOR ARGENTINA
Argentina's central crop areas have light rain in the seven-day forecast. Rain offers limited follow-up precipitation following moderate to heavy rain and much improved soil moisture during the past week to 10 days. Temperatures are forecast to be seasonal to below normal during the next week which will minimize the effect of the drier pattern.
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