OMAHA (DTN) -- Favorable conditions across the Midwest, and improved moisture in the Southern Plains, are key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Tuesday.
BENEFICIAL MIDWEST PATTERN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for filling crops in the western and northern Midwest region to benefit from moderate to heavy rainfall that occurred during the weekend or Monday. However, locally heavy to very heavy rains may mean local flooding of fields. The next seven days feature no significant hot weather through at least Sunday. There is the potential for some hot weather and drier conditions during the 10-day period. This prospect is not overly concerning at this time, but it will be watched.
FAVORABLE SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN
In the Southern Plains, moderate to heavy rain during the past weekend over most of the region will favor filling summer crops and help improve soil moisture ahead of winter wheat planting. Another round of thunderstorms moves through Kansas during the next few days, helping to maintain more favorable growing conditions before an expected turn to hotter, drier weather.
IMPROVED NORTHERN PLAINS CONDITIONS
In the Northern Plains, episodes of scattered showers provide favorable conditions for late-filling crops in the southern part of this area, while in the north, dry conditions continue to stress crops. There are no significant concerns for the harvest of spring wheat or any early-maturing summer crops.
DRY WEEK FOR PRAIRIES
The Canadian Prairies will be mainly dry through the next week. This pattern will favor harvest progress. Yield reductions are expected due to summer time heat and dryness. The region may see some rain developing during the six-to-10-day period, especially in northern and eastern areas. At this point, this is likely too late to help filling crops, and may be disruptive for harvest.
POSSIBLE EASTERN AUSTRALIA SHOWERS
Eastern Australia crop areas remain dry through Thursday. Light to moderate showers and thundershowers are expected Friday into Saturday. The activity may favor the eastern part of this crop region with continued drier weather to the west.
MIXED NORTHEAST CHINA TREND
Northeast China had rain south and showers north Monday. Drier conditions are in store Tuesday and Wednesday. Crops have recently benefited from rainfall through central and south areas, while in the north, prior rains have supplied soil moisture for favorable growth.
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