OMAHA (DTN) -- Mild temperatures for late summer across the Midwest and more showers ahead for the Southern Plains are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
FAVORABLE MIDWEST CONDITIONS
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for continued favorable crop-filling and finishing conditions in the Midwest. There is no significant heat forecast through at least Sunday. A hotter and drier pattern in the 10-day time frame will offer opportunities for early harvest.
MORE SOUTHERN PLAINS SHOWERS
Southern Plains crop areas have had favorable rain over the past week. Another round of thunderstorms moves through Kansas during the next couple of days, helping to maintain more favorable growing conditions and improve prospects for winter wheat planting.
DRY IN WEST TEXAS
West Texas cotton areas will be mainly dry, except for some light activity in the Panhandle over the next week. Temperatures will turn hotter during this time frame.
IMPROVED NORTHERN PLAINS CONDITIONS
In the Northern Plains, scattered showers will offer some improvement in moisture for row-crop filling. Meanwhile, there are no significant concerns for the harvest of spring wheat.
VARIABLE PRAIRIES RAIN
In the Canadian Prairies, showers will favor northern and eastern areas at the end of this week and this weekend. Southwest areas will likely miss out on most of the activity. Southern areas remain in a dry trend, with hotter temperatures over the next 10 days.
LATE-WEEK EASTERN AUSTRALIA SHOWERS
Crop areas of eastern Australia have the best chance at rain for many weeks over the next five days. Southern Queensland and northern New South Wales may have rainfall totals of 0.50 inch to 1.50 inches (12 to 37 millimeters) and locally heavier. This rain is likely too late to benefit winter wheat, but may improve irrigation supply for cotton and sorghum crops scheduled to be planted in September.
INDIA MONSOON RAIN
A disturbance moving through central India at the end of last week and early in the weekend period has led to heavy and very heavy rains in key growing areas for soybeans, cotton, sorghum, groundnuts and sugarcane in West Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. This is likely to maintain or improve prospects for these crops, especially for cotton and groundnuts in Gujarat. Additional rain is in the area at this time.
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