In South America, favorable weather is expected to continue for filling soybeans in the major growing areas of central Brazil. There could be some disruptions to the harvest in central Brazil, due to near-daily chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms during the next seven days. Planting conditions for the second-crop corn (safrinha) are generally favorable, with no sign of an end to the rainy season at this time.
Southern Brazil has some crop stress indicated, due to a drier trend. Rain looks mainly light through the end of the week. Some beneficial showers and thunderstorms are possible early next week. This situation bears watching. Significant crop losses are expected in northeast Brazil due to long periods of hot and dry weather during the growing season.
Central Argentina has had a turn to hot and dry conditions. The pattern does indicate a good chance of rain developing and lingering during the last half of the week. This would be important precipitation for filling crops.
Eastern Pacific Ocean temperatures in the equatorial region have a departure from normal for the month of January of 0.4 degree Celsius above normal. This is a half-degree Celsius lower than 0.9 degree C above normal during the month of December. However, it is up from the 0.0 degree C versus normal observed during the first half of January. The eastern Pacific temperature observation indicates a neutral condition, with neither El Nino or La Nina present. We will continue to monitor this for any meaningful trends.
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