OMAHA (DTN) -- Variable rain prospects in South America, and a very cold trend ahead for the new year in the United States, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
WET IN MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for additional wet conditions in the Midwest through the weekend. Heaviest precipitation will be in the southeast and eastern areas. The wet pattern will hinder transportation.
NORTHERN PLAINS COLD
Across the Northern Plains, strong winds and sharply lower temperatures with blowing snow are in effect following blizzard conditions Thursday. Conditions are stressful to livestock and transportation. Moderating winds and an end to the snow will allow conditions to improve during the weekend. However, another round of extreme cold weather is indicated early next week.
SOUTHERN PLAINS SNOWSTORM STRESS
In the Southern Plains, livestock and transportation stress are in effect after blizzard conditions in western areas Thursday. Widespread moderate to heavy precipitation early this week maintains abundant soil moisture in winter wheat areas.
SCATTERED NORTHERN BRAZIL RAIN
In Brazil's northern crop areas, the pattern favors scattered showers in Mato Grosso and Goias with near-seasonal temperatures. This will be favorable for crops. Southern sectors of Mato Grosso and Goias have had a recent drier trend; precipitation in these sectors will be closely watched.
DRY IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL
In southern Brazil, a mostly dry and hot pattern is forecast during the next week. Stress remains high on crops in Parana state. The far southern state of Rio Grande do Sul will also have stressful heat and dryness; however, soil moisture is better in this area due to prior rains.
HEAVY ARGENTINA RAIN
In Argentina, moderate to heavy rain remains in the forecast for the major crop region over the next week. The heavy rain may lead to some flood issues; however, the overall impact is expected to be beneficial due to a boost in potential yield in high-production areas.
SCATTERED SOUTH AFRICA RAIN
South Africa crop areas had temperatures in the range of 91 to 100 Fahrenheit Thursday. The region has only a few showers and isolated thundershowers through the next week.
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