OMAHA (DTN) -- A notable difference in rain forecasts across the Midwest, and continued showers for Brazil soybean areas, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Tuesday.
MIDWEST RAIN CONTRAST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for a sharp contrast in rainfall totals across the Midwest. Heavy rain and episodes of cool weather will be unfavorable to maturing and harvesting corn and soybean in the western Midwest. Some flooding is likely at the end of this week through early next week. Meanwhile, a milder and drier pattern in the eastern Midwest is more favorable for maturing and harvesting crops.
MORE RAIN IN SOUTHERN PLAINS FORECAST
Southern Plains' soil moisture is favorable for planting and developing winter wheat at this time. Rain at the end of this week through early next week will provide for adequate to surplus soil moisture for pre-winter development, but it may also lead to some delay in planting.
SHOWERS AND CHILLS IN NORTHERN PLAINS
Across the Northern Plains, a cold and unsettled pattern is unfavorable for maturing and harvesting crops. A hard freeze over the weekend should not be of major concern, as most crops are no longer vulnerable to cold-weather damage.
The Delta will have hot and dry conditions during the next week, generally favoring harvest and fieldwork activity.
COLD PRAIRIES PATTERN
In the Canadian Prairies, freezing temperatures will help to firm the ground and improve conditions for harvest, following recent wet and in some cases snowy weather. Southern and eastern areas have additional precipitation and harvest disruption Tuesday.
CONTINUED BRAZIL SHOWERS
In central Brazil, a consistent pattern of showers is favorable for planting and early development of soybeans in Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Parana. Planting progress for full-season corn is also ahead of average.
LIGHT AUSTRALIA SHOWERS
Periods of light showers are forecast for Australia's major wheat areas. The moisture will offer limited benefit to the drought-affected crop.
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