OMAHA (DTN) -- Coldest conditions of the season ahead for the central U.S., and a mix of wet and dry concerns in Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
COLD TO SLOW DOWN HARVEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for row crop harvest to remain slow in the Midwest due to recent wet conditions. Drying will be hindered by the onset of much colder conditions during the end of this week. A hard freeze is possible through much of the western Midwest this coming weekend, many areas for the first time this season. Moderate to locally heavy snow is also possible in the northern portion of the region, notably in the Great Lakes vicinity.
FREEZE FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS
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In the Southern Plains, hard freeze conditions are in store during the end of the week into the weekend. The cold will slow development of winter wheat; however, no extensive damage to the newly-emerged crop is expected.
SHOWERS FOR SOUTHEASTERN U.S.
In the Delta and southeastern U.S., generally favorable harvest and winter wheat planting conditions are in effect in the Delta. The southeastern U.S. will have a dry day Thursday for summer crop harvest and winter wheat planting, followed by showers and thunderstorms with some disruption to progress Friday and Saturday.
WET AND DRY BRAZIL ISSUES
Across Brazil, corn and soybean planting in central crop areas remains slow due to recent hot and dry conditions and a slow start to the rainy season. Some beneficial showers are forecast for the next week and will be closely watched for verification. Meanwhile, a wet pattern in southern Brazil slows fieldwork and planting, including planting of soybeans and corn and harvesting of winter wheat.
LATE-WEEK ARGENTINA RAIN
Argentina's primary crop areas will have moderate to locally heavy rain during the balance of this week. This rains will disrupt planting, but will maintain favorable soil moisture levels.
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