OMAHA (DTN) -- No change in the South America pattern and mixed precipitation chances in the U.S. Southern Plains are the primary weather features for the commodity market's attention Wednesday.
DRY MIDWEST PATTERN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for a dry seven-day period for the Midwest. Drought may worsen in the western Midwest. A system during the middle of next week will be closely watched for early spring precipitation.
VARIABLE SOUTHERN PLAINS PRECIPITATION
Scattered showers will move through the Southern Plains Thursday and Friday, which may keep the drought from getting worse but will not improve conditions dramatically. A series of system are expected next week that will likely miss dry sections in the west, but bring scattered showers to the north and east, possibly easing drought. With daytime highs getting into the 60s Fahrenheit, soil temperatures are getting high enough for winter wheat to break dormancy and the moisture from these systems will be important.
NORTHERN PLAINS MOISTURE HINT
The Northern Plains remain dry and warm through the next five days. A storm system may develop in the middle of next week, bringing much needed precipitation.
RAIN EASES IN DELTA
In the Delta, a drier pattern over the balance of the week will help to dry and condition soils for field work.
MORE CENTRAL BRAZIL RAIN
In central Brazil, rain will continue in central and south-central areas for the next two days. The rain will further delay soybean harvest and safrinha (second crop) corn planting.
MINIMAL ARGENTINA RAINFALL
In central Argentina, pop-up showers during the next few days will not be able to bring much relief to the dryness that has occurred during the last two weeks. This continues to cause concern for immature corn and soybeans.
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