Commodities Market Impact Weather

More Central U.S. Storms

Bryce Anderson
By  Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist
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OMAHA (DTN) -- More stormy conditions across the central U.S., and continued rain for most of Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Monday.

MORE MIDWEST RAIN AND SNOW

The DTN ag weather forecast calls for a new round of rain, snow and strong winds across the Midwest. Varied precipitation will add to the snowpack in the northwest Midwest, affecting transportation and stressing livestock, while flooding from heavy rain is likely in the southern and eastern Midwest. Significant flooding is possible throughout the region this spring, with little fieldwork expected to be accomplished during March.

NORTHERN PLAINS WINTER STORM

In the Northern Plains, moderate to heavy snow through southern and eastern areas during the weekend was stressful to livestock, travel and transport. A new storm will bring heavy snow with strong winds to the region from northern Colorado and western Nebraska northeast to the eastern Dakotas and western through northern Minnesota Wednesday into Thursday. Additional impacts are likely to livestock, travel and transport. In addition, the precipitation from these storms adds to the snow pack in which increases the risk for severe flooding when the snow melts during the spring.

STORMY WEEK FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS

Southern Plains areas will have a stormy period during midweek. Moderate to heavy rain will favor the wheat crop, which will be breaking dormancy in the next few weeks. Recent-dry areas of Texas and Oklahoma will also receive some moisture. However, heavy rain will create muddy conditions in the feedlots, which, along with below-normal temperatures, will be stressful to livestock. Farther north, heavy snow and strong winds may also increase stress to livestock in northeast Colorado and western Nebraska.

MORE FAVORABLE BRAZIL CONDITIONS

Favorable weather continued for developing second crop corn in central Brazil as the rainy season remains in place. Rain is bringing some minor disruptions to the soybean harvest in southern Brazil.

VARIABLE ARGENTINA PRECIPITATION

Central Argentina will have a drier trend in central and east areas, while in the west additional rainfall is likely. Drier weather in southern areas favors mature sunflower and the harvest.

STORMY EUROPE PATTERN

Across Europe, a very active weather pattern continues this week in England, north and east France, Benelux, Germany and Poland. This may be either rain or snow during the week. The weekend featured moderate to heavy precipitation, mostly rain, for these areas. Precipitation, whether rain or snow, will mean adequate to surplus moisture for many areas.

VARIABLE SOUTH AFRICA CONDITIONS

In South Africa, scattered showers and thundershowers in southern growing areas will favor late reproductive and filling crops in the area. Drier, somewhat hotter weather elsewhere in the region is unfavorable for developing crops, especially in the driest areas of Northwest and northwest Free State.

Bryce Anderson can be reached at bryce.anderson@dtn.com

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