OMAHA (DTN) -- Rainfall to cause extensive delays in Midwest fieldwork and hinder corn planting, and slow receding of Argentina flooding, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
HEAVY WESTERN MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate to heavy rain to cause extensive delays in spring field work and corn planting in the western and northern Midwest through the next seven days. The southeastern Midwest and Delta have lighter precipitation indicated, and a better opportunity for progress. Far northwestern areas will also have lighter rains and more favorable field work chances.
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In the Southern Plains, a new round of light to moderate rain showers will improve and maintain soil moisture for winter wheat. Warmer temperatures will promote more rapid development of the crop.
FAVORABLE BRAZIL TREND
Across Brazil, southern crop areas continue with a drier forecast through the end of the week. This will favor maturing crops and harvest after recent wet conditions. Central crop areas have additional showers forecast, which are beneficial for soil moisture for the winter corn crop (safrinha).
FLOODING HALTS ARGENTINA WORK
Argentina harvest is likely stalled for the next week in many central crop areas following heavy rain and flooding. Forecast details suggest a drier pattern, which will allow for slow recovery and receding of floodwaters. Damage and acreage loss details are unknown at this point, but ideas of a 10% loss in acreage have been mentioned.
FAVORABLE IN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
Episodes of scattered showers, some rain and more variable temperatures through west and central Ukraine during the next five to seven days will improve conditions for development of winter wheat following the extended dry spell that began to break during this past weekend. Crop development is running at least four weeks ahead of normal. Conditions also favor planting of spring grains in Ukraine and south Russia at this time.
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