OMAHA (DTN) -- Continued promising chances for rain across South America crop areas, and generally dry conditions for the Southern Plains in the U.S., are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
PROMISING ARGENTINA RAIN CHANCE
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate to heavy rain in most of Argentina's major crop areas during the next two days, with additional rain in the five- to 10-day time frame. Moisture would be beneficial for crops.
FAVORABLE CENTRAL BRAZIL TREND
Central Brazil has additional periods of rainfall, along with seasonal temperatures, through the next week. This combination has crop conditions and prospects in favorable categories.
IMPROVING SOUTHERN BRAZIL SHOWERS
In southern Brazil, frequent occurrences of showers and thunderstorms, along with more seasonal temperatures, are indicated through the next five days. This pattern offers much improved conditions for crop moisture after recent heat and dryness.
MIDWEST RAIN INDICATED
In the Midwest, moderate to heavy rain continues in the forecast for eastern sectors, notably the Ohio Valley, during the next five days. Farther south, the Delta and Tennessee Valley are in line for heavy amounts. This helps recharge soil moisture for soft red winter wheat. Some ice and snow are also possible, which would affect transportation and travel. Elsewhere, northern areas have some light snow in store, with dry and cold conditions otherwise.
COLD WAVE FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
Cold Arctic-origin air is forecast to spread across the Northern Plains through the Christmas holiday time frame. This may be accompanied by snow and blowing snow, bringing a brief round of winter storm stress to livestock and transportation.
MINIMAL MOISTURE FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, a warm and dry pattern continues to stress non-dormant winter wheat through the next two days. A strong cold wave is indicated during the remainder of the calendar year 2017; however, this cold shows very little prospect of being accompanied by precipitation. Dryness is expected to remain in place and threaten winter wheat when the crop exits dormancy next spring.
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