OMAHA (DTN) -- Mild temperatures with periods of showers to benefit Midwest crops, and developing rainfall in central Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
BENEFICIAL MIDWEST PATTERN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for no major concerns with Midwest planting as progress is ahead of normal in the east, and rapidly increasing in the west. Favorable soil moisture and temperatures are indicated for developing crops. Scattered rain showers are forecast through the balance of the week.
SCATTERED RAIN FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, winter wheat crop conditions remain poor in many western areas. Some beneficial rain is possible during the next week.
MIXED NORTHERN PLAINS FORECAST
Favorable conditions are in effect for field work and planting in the Northern Plains. The region may see a round of moderate to locally heavy rain during the end of the week. The rain will generally be beneficial for crop development.
DELTA RAIN FORECAST
Showers are expected to form in the Delta and Southeast over the next few days. Amounts will be light to moderate in the Delta, and moderate to locally heavy in the Southeast. Rainfall will generally be favorable for crop moisture.
FAVORABLE PRAIRIES CONDITIONS
Canadian Prairies crop areas have favorable planting conditions at this time. Light to moderate rain is forecast Thursday through Friday.
SHOWERS AHEAD IN BRAZIL
Central Brazil has a round of light to moderate rain in effect through the end of the week. Rain will be timely for the second-crop (safrinha) corn, already expected to be lower in production than a year ago because of heat and dryness.
FAVORABLE RUSSIA RAINFALL
Russia and Ukraine crop areas have seen timely showers in the past week. The rain has stabilized yield prospects for reproductive winter wheat following recent heat and dryness.
CHINA MOISTURE WATCH
Drier conditions with warmer to hot temperatures 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.
DRY AUSTRALIA TREND
Australia's wheat areas have very little rain forecast through the next week. Soil moisture is especially short in the western wheat areas. Producers are seeding into dry ground.
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