OMAHA (DTN) -- Heavy rain disrupting harvest in the western Midwest and continued showers for central Brazil soybean planting are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
HARVEST-DISRUPTING MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for significant delays to harvest in the northwestern Midwest, after heavy rain during the past 72 hours of 2.5-8 inches in northern Iowa, southern Minnesota, southeastern South Dakota, northeastern Nebraska and southwestern Wisconsin. Flooding of fields is likely occurring. More favorable conditions are in place for harvest in the south and east Midwest. However, these areas may turn wetter early next week.
SHOWERS IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
Across the Southern Plains, rain and thunderstorms at the end of this week will bring needed moisture to Oklahoma and north-central Texas crop areas.
NORTHERN PLAINS RAIN
The Northern Plains had rainfall and strong winds during the past 24 hours. Harvest delays are likely occurring. After Friday, a more favorable weather pattern for crop harvests is expected.
STORMY DELTA FORECAST
Rain, showers and thunderstorms are expected in the Delta during the weekend and possibly early next week as well. Heavy rain is likely. Rain will slow the harvest of corn and soybeans and the planting effort for winter wheat. Rain is unfavorable for open boll cotton.
HARVEST DELAY IN PRAIRIES
Central and southern areas of the Canadian Prairies continue with a forecast for moderate precipitation through the weekend. Precipitation will likely slow harvest operations and field work.
MORE SHOWERS FOR BRAZIL
In central Brazil, showers continue in the forecast. Rainfall is beneficial for planting soybeans. Southern Brazil is ahead of average on soybean planting progress due to favorable moisture. Additional progress in southern Brazil may be slow due to moderate to heavy rain during the rest of the week.
EUROPE RECEIVES RAIN
Late-summer/early-autumn dryness has again increased the risk to winter grains and oilseeds in Europe as planting season begins. However, one storm has brought rain to England this week with a second storm expected to bring more rain to England and then Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany area later this weekend. It is not certain how much of France will receive generous rains, but some might. Strong winds and the heavy rain will also delay autumn fieldwork, including the harvest of summer crops and the planting of winter crops.
In the Black Sea region, dryness is a continuing concern in winter grain areas of Central Region Russia and the Black Soils Region of Russia as well as through the Volga valley.
NORTHEAST CHINA RAIN PATTERN
In northeast China, showers and thunderstorms during Friday will be followed by rain and more cool to cold weather during the weekend. This pattern unfavorable for maturing soybeans and will delay harvest.
CENTRAL CHINA STORMS
Central China has seen widespread rain and thunderstorms across the North China Plain during this week, due to the remnants of Typhoon Mangkhut. The rain provides needed moisture for planting winter wheat. However, rain likely delays the summer crop harvest.
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