OMAHA (DTN) -- Rain and cooler conditions for most of the Midwest and a more favorable pattern for Southern Plains wheat harvest are the primary weather features for the commodity market's attention Wednesday.
MOSTLY WET IN MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for showers and storms in much of the Midwest. Heavy rain is likely in all but the northern sector of the region. Too much rain will not be welcome where soils were recently saturated. However, the activity will bring some notable easing of drought in some areas. Temperatures, generally around or below normal for the next several days, will not be stressful. Northern portions will have only light rainfall with continued soil moisture concerns.
MIXED SOUTHERN PLAINS CONDITIONS
In the Southern Plains, Kansas wheat harvest is going slower than average due to periods of rain. The balance of the week features variable temperatures and scattered light rain. This combination is generally favorable for harvest.
LIGHT NORTHERN PLAINS RAIN
Northern Plains areas have mostly light rain in the forecast for the next seven days. This moisture will offer minimal benefit for drought-affected spring wheat, row crops and pastures.
MORE DELTA SHOWERS
Periods of showers continue in store for the Delta during the next five days. Crop conditions are mostly favorable.
ELSA RAIN IN SOUTHEAST
In the Southeast, Tropical Storm Elsa rain will move from south to north this week. Frontal system showers will take over late in the week and for the upcoming weekend. Overall, conditions are favorable for developing crops.
WEAK PRAIRIES SYSTEM
In the Canadian Prairies, a cutoff weather system will bring light rain to the region. However, dry areas will have very little benefit. Temperatures will be variable, with above- to much-above-normal levels in northern and western sectors.
DRY BRAZIL FORECAST
Brazil's dry season continues to adversely affect the yield of second-crop corn. Production is notably lower than a year ago. Showers in the next week focus in the far south and along the Atlantic coast.
FAVORABLE EUROPE PATTERN
Europe crop areas continue with scattered showers this week, maintaining beneficial soil moisture for developing crops. The active pattern carries into early next week.
ADDITIONAL BLACK SEA SHOWERS
Light rain showers continue from the Black Sea eastward through central Asia. The rain offers useful moisture for summer crops and spring wheat.
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