OMAHA (DTN) -- Warmer conditions with showers in the Midwest, and a chance for needed rain in eastern Australia, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
WARMER MIDWEST TREND
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for Midwest conditions to turn warmer during the next week, accompanied by periods of moderate to locally heavy rain. Conditions remain favorable for crops outside of hard-hit drought areas of the southwestern Midwest.
DRIER FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS
Southern Plains areas will turn drier and hotter during the next week to 10 days. This drier trend will be stressful to filling crops and reduce soil moisture for the next winter wheat crop.
HOT AND DRY IN WEST TEXAS
West Texas cotton areas will be mainly dry and hot over the next week to 10 days.
BETTER RAIN FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, more-frequent rain episodes over the next week will offer improved soil moisture. Rain periods will bring only minor disruption to spring wheat harvest.
MIXED PRAIRIES RAIN
In the Canadian Prairies, highest chances for rain during the next five days remain over northern and eastern areas. Southwest areas will likely miss out on most of the activity. Southern areas remain in a dry trend.
PROMISING 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 to 1.50 inches (12 to 37 millimeters) and locally heavier. This moisture will offer slight easing of drought conditions.
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