OMAHA (DTN) -- A wintry pattern across the Midwest, and beneficial conditions throughout South America, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
LIGHT SNOW AND ICE IN MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for periods of snow and freezing precipitation to cause additional late-harvest and transportation disruption in the Midwest through the rest of the week. Additional occurrences of precipitation and colder conditions are indicated in the six- to 10-day forecast.
MILDER SOUTHERN PLAINS TREND
In the Southern Plains, temperatures will increase to above normal levels during the balance of this week. This trend will be favorable for winter wheat and livestock after stress brought on by snow and ice storm conditions during last weekend.
CONTINUED BRAZIL RAIN
Across Brazil, episodes of thunderstorms and a variable temperature pattern will maintain favorable conditions for developing crops. Coverage includes drier areas of northeastern Brazil.
LIGHTER ARGENTINA RAIN
In central Argentina, the trend through the rest of this week and into next week will be drier, allowing for planting progress.
NORTHEAST EUROPE DRYNESS
Northeastern Europe, notably Germany and Poland, remain in need of precipitation following drought conditions during the 2018 growing season. Little improvement is indicated during the winter due to soils freezing.
FAVORABLE BLACK SEA MOISTURE
Russia and Ukraine wheat areas have favorable soil moisture for overwintering of the crop. Some areas have gone into dormancy.
BENEFICIAL CHINA MOISTURE
In China's major crop areas, fall rains have provided favorable moisture for winter wheat and rapeseed through south, central and northeast areas.
VARIABLE AUSTRALIA CONDITIONS
Australia's western wheat areas have generally dry conditions for harvest progress this week. Eastern areas have periods of rain, which will delay harvest activity.
SOUTH AFRICA SHOWERS
South Africa crop areas have improved soil moisture conditions following recent rainfall. Additional moisture is needed in western areas; however, very little is indicated in the forecast.
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