OMAHA (DTN) -- Heavy rain for the eastern Midwest and favorable soil moisture for Southern Plains wheat are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
EASTERN MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for heavy Midwest rain to focus over south and east areas through Saturday. This will delay harvest. Local flooding can be expected. Western Midwest areas have extensive delays in fieldwork due to heavy, flooding rain earlier this week.
BENEFICIAL SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN
Southern Plains areas have much better soil moisture for winter wheat planting after recent rainfall.
STILL MILD IN NORTHERN PLAINS
The Northern Plains continue with mostly favorable conditions for finishing spring wheat harvest and beginning row-crop harvest activity.
ADDITIONAL DELTA SHOWERS
In the Delta, tropical shower activity will be in the area Thursday but nothing that looks overly concerning for crops.
MORE SHOWERS IN WEST TEXAS
West Texas crop areas have more 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.
Frost and light freeze conditions developed in the eastern Canadian Prairies Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Damage is expected to be light due to advanced crop stages.
BLACK SEA REGION SHOWERS
Russia and Ukraine have some increase in shower activity and a decrease in temperatures forecast through early next week.
NORTHERN INDIA MONSOON RAIN
The India monsoon remains active over north-central and northeast India. The Ganges Plan will get the greatest benefit from additional rain.
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