OMAHA (DTN) -- Wet and cold Midwest conditions, including snow; and, wet and cold conditions in northern crop areas, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
MIDWEST RAIN AND SNOW
The DTN ag weather forecast continues to features a wet pattern across the Midwest during the next week to 10 days. Moderate-to-heavy rain is likely, leading to renewed flooding in the wettest areas. In addition, a round of moderate to heavy snow is indicated for northern areas Saturday. Extensive delays to spring fieldwork are in store.
NORTHERN PLAINS COLD
Cold conditions dominate the Northern Plains forecast through the end of April. In addition, precipitation will be moderate to locally heavy, with cold air leading to periods of snow. No significant fieldwork is expected during the next week.
VARIED SOUTHERN PLAINS CONDITIONS
The Southern Plains has a variable set of conditions ahead through the weekend. Friday and Saturday will be dry and windy, with the balance of Saturday and Sunday featuring showers and thunderstorms. The occurrence of rain will keep soil moisture at favorable levels for winter wheat, newly planted row crops, and moisture supplies ahead of cotton planting.
DRY WEEKEND IN DELTA
Delta crop areas have a drier pattern forecast through the weekend, which offers improving fieldwork conditions. Rain is expected to return to the region beginning next Wednesday and Thursday.
SCATTERED PRAIRIES MOISTURE
In the Canadian Prairies, a round of moderate precipitation continues in the five-day forecast. This moisture would be welcome due to soils being very dry over most of the region. The precipitation will accompanied by very cold weather for the season. Drier conditions are indicated during the six- to 10-day time frame.
VARIABLE BRAZIL CONDITIONS
Across Brazil, southern crop areas have more rain forecast, which will disrupt soybean harvest. In central crop areas, the pattern remains favorable for second-crop corn (safrinha).
MILD IN CENTRAL ARGENTINA
Central Argentina crop areas will have variable temperatures with light rain during the next week. There are no significant concerns for mature crops and harvesting.
SCATTERED BLACK SEA SHOWERS
Black Sea region crop-producing areas have scattered rain showers forecast through the next five days. Soil moisture in most crop areas is favorable for developing winter wheat.
SHOWERS FOR NORTHEAST CHINA
Primary soybean areas in northeast China will have variable temperatures and some light precipitation during the next week. More rain and warmer weather will be needed to ensure favorable conditions for planting and early development.
RAINY AND COOL IN CENTRAL CHINA
Central China is forecast to have periods of rain and very low temperatures over the next five days. The temperature trend will be closely watched for possible frost impact on winter wheat.
ISOLATED AUSTRALIA RAIN
Isolated showers are forecast over eastern Australia wheat areas through the next week. Rains will offer limited soil moisture benefit.
WARM AND DRY FOR SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa crop areas will be warm and dry during the next week. The drier conditions follow recent heavy rain, and will be favorable for ripening crops and harvest progress.
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