OMAHA (DTN) -- Unsettled harvest conditions in the Midwest, and less-than-desired rain for central Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
MIDWEST RAIN AND CHILLS
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for wet conditions and a turn to much colder temperatures at the end of this week to keep harvest progress slow in the eastern Midwest. A hard freeze is possible through much of the western Midwest this coming weekend, many areas for the first time this season. While hard freeze conditions, 28 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, are possible anywhere in the western Midwest, they are likely through western and northern areas.
COLD FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, colder conditions with some freezing temperatures continue in the forecast for the end of this week. This cold spell will be closely watched for possible stress to newly emerged winter wheat. Cold air could also bring an early end to the cotton season in Texas.
LIGHT RAIN FOR CENTRAL BRAZIL
In central Brazil, rain forecast point to only light to locally moderate amounts over the next five days. This is less than needed for soil moisture benefit, and will keep the soybean planting pace at a slower pace than a year ago. There is also concern over possible replanting due to hot and dry conditions affecting recently planted soybeans.
FAVORABLE ARGENTINA TREND
Central Argentina has moderate rainfall indicated through the end of the week. The rain will keep soil moisture at favorable levels while causing some disruption in planting.
IMPROVED RUSSIA MOISTURE
Soil moisture in the South Russia crop areas has improved due to recent rainfall.
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