OMAHA (DTN) -- Heavy rain indicated to spread across the Midwest, and only light showers for the Black Sea region, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
WET MIDWEST FORECAST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for wet conditions to remain over the western Midwest following heavy, flooding rain over the past five days. Saturated conditions are unfavorable for late-season crops, and may result in crop lodging as well as late-season disease development. The eastern Midwest has had drier conditions, which have been mostly favorable weather for filling and maturing corn and soybeans as well as some early harvesting. However, heavy rain is expected to move over the eastern Midwest during the weekend with the threat of flooding.
ADDITIONAL SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN
Southern Plains areas have another round of widespread moderate to heavy rain in store through the balance of this week. The rain is favorable for filling soybeans, and increases soil moisture for upcoming wheat planting. However, locally heavy amounts will bring some flooding.
MILD NORTHERN PLAINS TREND
The Northern Plains have mostly favorable conditions at this time for the harvest of wheat and early-maturing corn and soybeans.
MORE DELTA RAIN
In the Delta, additional heavy rain due to post-Tropical Storm Gordon is in store, along with strong winds. This is unfavorable for open-boll cotton and maturing row crops; harvest disruption is likely.
CONTINUED WEST TEXAS SHOWERS
West Texas crop areas will continue to see showers and thundershowers through the rest of this week. The rain will improve soil moisture, but may be unfavorable for open-boll cotton.
BENIGN NORTHERN PLAINS TREND
The Northern Plains has mostly favorable conditions for the final stages of spring wheat harvest along with maturing row crops. Some frost is possible, but the impact is expected to be minimal. Recent drier conditions are of some concern; the forecast has only light precipitation in store.
STILL DRY IN PRAIRIES
The Canadian Prairies remain generally dry through the end of the week. This pattern favors harvest, but offers very little moisture for late-season forage for livestock. The weather will turn seasonally cooler to colder.
LIGHT SHOWERS FOR RUSSIA
Russia and Ukraine remain dry, with limited soil moisture for planting winter wheat. Some light showers are indicated in the next week.
LIGHT EASTERN AUSTRALIA RAIN
Eastern Australia has a round of moderate rainfall forecast for coastal areas over the next week. However, little to any precipitation is indicated for major crop areas. Drought continues to reduce wheat crop prospects.
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