OMAHA (DTN) -- Chilly and damp conditions hindering Midwest harvest progress, and uncertainty over Brazil soil moisture, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
CONTINUED SLOW MIDWEST HARVEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for cool and unsettled conditions to slow harvest progress during this week, especially over the eastern Midwest.
DRY WEEK IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, favorable conditions are in effect for planting and developing winter wheat during this week. A drying trend does bear watching as we head into the winter dormancy period.
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.
BRAZIL MOISTURE QUESTIONS
Across Brazil, an improving rainfall pattern for planting and developing soybeans in central Brazil is indicated after several weeks of heat and dryness. However, subsoil moisture levels are very low, offering no buffer for crops in the event of a return to hotter and drier conditions.
ADDITIONAL ARGENTINA RAIN
Argentina has mostly favorable conditions at this time for planting and development of corn and sunflower and for developing winter wheat. Scattered thunderstorms during Thursday will maintain adequate to surplus soil moisture.
FAVORABLE UKRAINE MOISTURE
Soil moisture in Ukraine and southern Russia has had recent improvement following several rounds of precipitation.
SOUTH AFRICA HEAT
South Africa crop areas have a hot and dry forecast through the next week. Heat and dryness will lead to some soil moisture loss and may force delays in planting.
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