OMAHA (DTN) -- A strong winter storm for the central U.S., and possible frost in Argentina, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
WINTER STORM FOR MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for snow, ice and rain to spread over much of the Midwest during the next two days. This will further delay late-fall fieldwork. Moderate to heavy snow is mainly indicated for the northwestern portion of the region.
CHILLY IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, lower temperatures are in store through the weekend, but extreme cold is not expected. During next week, an active southern jet stream has the potential to bring rain to the region, mainly in southern sectors.
NORTHERN PLAINS SNOWSTORM
A snowstorm with locally strong winds is expected for the Northern Plains during the weekend. This storm will be stressful to livestock and transportation while likely putting an end to late-harvest efforts until next spring.
FAVORABLE BRAZIL TREND
Across Brazil, northern crop areas will have additional rounds of moderate to heavy rain. A drier trend is indicated for southern areas. Soil moisture is in good supply for crops at this time.
POSSIBLE ARGENTINA FROST
Central Argentina has the possibility of late-spring frost over the weekend, notably on Sunday. The area of highest potential for frost is southern Buenos Aires. Elsewhere, drier conditions will favor row crop planting progress.
EASTERN AUSTRALIA RAIN
In eastern Australia, the pattern has turned wetter recently. Rainfall, along with warm to sometimes hot weather, is favorable to cotton. Rain came too late to offer benefit to the wheat crop, however, and has disrupted harvest. The forecast has a drier trend through the next week, which offers better progress chance.
VARIABLE SOUTH AFRICA TRENDS
South Africa crop areas have variable soil moisture conditions. Supply is favorable in sugarcane areas and eastern maize areas. Western maize areas are still too dry; planting has been delayed due to dry soils.
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