OMAHA (DTN)— Continued rainfall to disrupt Midwest harvest, and dry conditions for central Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
WEEKEND MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate to heavy rain to cover much of the Midwest through the coming weekend. The rain will further disrupt harvest. Western Midwest producers face at least a two-week delay in harvest, the slowest pace in almost 10 years. Eastern Midwest areas have moderate rain indicated. The rain will benefit soil moisture and may improve water levels in the Mississippi and Ohio Valley river systems for barge traffic.
MORE SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN
In the Southern Plains, moderate to locally heavy rain occurred Wednesday, and is re-forming Thursday. Rain continues in the forecast through the weekend. The rain will delay row crop harvest and winter wheat planting, while boosting soil moisture supplies.
UNSETTLED DELTA PATTERN
Additional favorably dry conditions are in store for the Delta and Southeast through the end of the week. The pattern turns more unsettled during the weekend, however, with tropical activity bringing rain and wind, which will likely disrupt harvest and field work.
DRIER NORTHERN PLAINS FORECAST
In the Northern Plains, recent rain and some snow have disrupted harvest. However, the moisture also has eased drought conditions. A drier pattern is forecast through the weekend, offering better conditions for harvest.
MAINLY DRY FOR CENTRAL BRAZIL
A drier pattern has set in over central Brazil crop areas. After recent rainfall, the drier trend will allow for good progress in soybean planting. The pattern bears watching for possible continued dryness in the next eight to 14 days. It does not appear that the rainy season has truly begun in the Southern Hemisphere.
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