OMAHA (DTN) -- Periods of rain to continue in the Midwest, and well-timed precipitation in the South Russia wheat areas, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
ADDITIONAL MIDWEST SHOWERS
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for more episodes of showers and thunderstorms in much of the Midwest over the next week. The rain will offer soil moisture benefit for crop development, while continuing to disrupt planting in northern areas.
LIGHT RAIN FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, rainfall prospects over the next week remain generally light. The dry western areas have very little significant moisture in store, with only limited drought easing indicated. Winter wheat remains under significant stress, with production estimates at multi-year lows.
MIXED NORTHERN PLAINS FORECAST
Northern Plains planting progress will improve this week due to warmer weather. A brief cool spell is expected later in the week. Rainfall chances increase somewhat during this week, but mostly for the southern part of the region.
STILL DRY IN DELTA
In the Delta, continued warm and dry weather through the weekend is favorable for planting and crop development. This trend may be stressful to crops if it continues for an extended time.
COOLER FOR PRAIRIES
Cool to very cool conditions return to the Canadian Prairies during the next few days, especially central and east areas. A warming trend during the weekend continues into Monday, but there appears to be additional cool weather threats after that. Rainfall may occur, at times, in southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan, but most of the region remains dry during the next seven days. Dry weather and the recent warmer trend will support increasing planting of spring wheat and canola. However, the drier trend may become a concern as we move into late spring and summer.
MINIMAL BRAZIL RAIN
Brazil's central crop areas have very little rain in the forecast through the end of the week. Production estimates for the second-crop (safrinha) corn have been lowered because of the drier trend.
USEFUL RUSSIA SHOWERS
Light to moderate rainfall occurred Tuesday night into Wednesday over the South Russia crop district. This rain is timely and beneficial for winter wheat. The rain is notable for occurring following a period of dry conditions and well-above normal temperatures in the region.
CHINA MOISTURE WATCH
Drier conditions with warmer to hot weather in northeastern China are favorable for row crop planting and germination. Rainfall will be needed, however, to ensure favorable early development in the weeks ahead, especially over Jilin and Liaoning provinces, where April rains were well-below normal.
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