Ag Weather Forum

SA Sees Favorable Conditions, S. Plains Remains Dry

Mike Palmerino
By  Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist
Moderate to severe drought conditions cover more than half of the wheat areas in Kansas. (U.S. Drought Monitor graphic)

Rains in central Argentina this past weekend were very timely and beneficial for developing corn and soybeans after some developing dryness during the past few weeks. Additional significant rains are expected early next week that will maintain favorable growing conditions.

Weather conditions in Brazil remain quite favorable for developing soybeans with generally adequate soil moisture. Due to some early planting in central Brazil, the harvest will be getting underway early. This bodes well for planting double-cropped corn.

An intense winter storm brought heavy snow and major transportation disruptions to the Northern Plains this past weekend. It was mostly a rain event in the Midwest. The weather will be rather mild and dry through the weekend in both areas. A storm is expected to affect the Midwest early next week with light to moderate mixed precipitation. The weather will be on the mild side through the weekend, but is expected to turn much colder middle to late next week.

Much of the winter wheat crop in the Southern Plains is in dormancy. Some of the crop over western areas has been affected by dryness and severe cold conditions this fall and early winter. There is no significant precipitation in sight. Another episode of very cold weather is possible during the latter half of next week and further stress the crop. This situation bears watching.

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