OMAHA (DTN) -- Developing rain over key crop areas of Argentina, and more favorable conditions in the major growing areas of Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
RAIN DEVELOPS IN ARGENTINA
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for developing rain in central Argentina to bring additional beneficial moisture to corn and soybeans. Rain coverage includes very-dry northwestern crop areas.
CONTINUED CENTRAL BRAZIL SHOWERS
Central Brazil continues to see periods of rainfall along with seasonal temperatures. This combination is favorable for crops.
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BENEFICIAL SOUTHERN BRAZIL SHOWERS
In southern Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul received needed rain Wednesday. The entire south Brazil region is in line for additional moderate-to-heavy rainfall within the next few days. This will maintain favorable conditions for developing crops.
VARIETY OF MIDWEST MOISTURE
In the Midwest, moderate-to-heavy rain continues in the forecast for eastern sectors, notably the Ohio Valley, during the next few 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 and western areas have a round of mixed winter precipitation indicated, which will hinder travel and transportation.
COLD FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, a strong push of much colder, Arctic-type air, is in store through the next five to seven days. Snow and blowing snow occurred in North Dakota and Montana Wednesday, increasing stress to livestock and affecting transport.
COLD AND DRY 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 has intensified in the region, with moderate drought now indicated from southern Kansas through the Texas Panhandle in the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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