OMAHA (DTN) -- An unsettled pattern with periods of rain in the Midwest, and more showers ahead for central Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
PERIODIC MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for periods of rain in the Midwest through the end of the week, beginning west and spreading east. Light to locally moderate rain will lead to delays during Friday through northwest and southeast areas. Additional light rain further delays field work Sunday.
SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN DELAYS
In the Southern Plains, wet conditions after rains Wednesday will lead to delays in planting progress for wheat. Drier weather lasting through Monday should help improve conditions for fieldwork. Soil moisture supplies have notably improved during the past two months.
LIGHT NORTHERN PLAINS SHOWERS
In the Northern Plains, light rain through northern Minnesota may mean delays to harvest during the next few days. North Dakota may see some delay as precipitation develops Saturday. Otherwise, the forecast is for a mostly favorable period for seasonal fieldwork.
WET IN DELTA
In the Delta, a wet pattern looks to continue with episodes of cool temperatures as well. This pattern delays seasonal fieldwork, but is favorable for development of soft red winter wheat.
DRIER IN WEST TEXAS
Across west Texas, drier and sunny weather returns to the region today and continues during the next week, improving conditions for mature cotton and harvesting.
ONGOING BRAZIL RAIN
Brazil crop areas have increasing shower activity from Parana northward to Mato Grosso. Rain will favor early-planted crops while causing some delay to seasonal field work. Light to moderate showers will favor planting and development of crops in Rio Grande do Sul during this period.
MOSTLY FAVORABLE ARGENTINA TREND
In central Argentina, warmer temperatures and light to moderate showers and thundershowers later this weekend and early next week will help to improve conditions for planting and early development. However, some locations could use more rain at this time.
POSSIBLE EUROPE SHOWERS
Across Europe, this past week featured dry weather with above to well-above normal temperatures through west and central Europe. Portions of France, Germany and western Poland are in need of rain to ensure favorable moisture for prewinter development of winter grains and oilseeds. Western Poland saw rain this week. South and east France and Germany may see increased chances for rain during the coming days as the region turns colder and more unsettled for a time.
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