OMAHA (DTN) -- A strong cold wave for most of the U.S., and periodic heavy rainstorms and some frost in South America, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
MIDWEST COLD WAVE
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for drier and much colder conditions over the Midwest through the coming weekend. This trend will favor harvest in wet areas due to some frozen ground. However, hard freeze conditions will also be unfavorable for fall fieldwork.
SNOW AND COLD FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, a combination of light rain and snow is in store for the region through Thursday. Lower temperatures will slow germination and early development of wheat. Crop conditions are variable, with planting behind average due to wet weather in the past few weeks.
SNOW FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, a round of snow and rain during the rest of the week will disrupt harvest. Snow is most likely over western portions of the region.
NORTHERN BRAZIL RAIN FOCUS
Brazil crop areas continue with beneficial conditions. Heaviest rain over the next week is indicated in the northern crop areas.
ARGENTINA RAIN AND FROST
In central Argentina, heavy rain with hail has caused some damage to wheat and early-developing row crops. Tuesday night into Wednesday morning also featured freezing conditions, which likely caused extensive damage to barley and some damage to wheat. The forecast continues to suggest more heavy rainfall over the next week. This would likely mean local flooding and delays in planting progress.
NORTHERN EUROPE RAIN
Across Europe, an unsettled weather pattern continues during this week, especially for England, France and Germany. Periodic showers are likely for winter grain benefit.
FAVORABLE BLACK SEA TREND
Russia and Ukraine have a drier forecast through the end of the week. Recent precipitation has improved soil moisture for winter grains.
VARIABLE SOUTH AFRICA MOISTURE
In South Africa, western crop areas need moisture. Eastern growing areas likely have adequate soil moisture for germination and early development.
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