OMAHA (DTN) -- Midwest rain in the short-term time frame, and prospects for drier conditions over the six- to 10-day period, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
SHORT-TERM MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate-to-heavy rain in the Midwest through late week to continue to disrupt and delay corn planting in most areas. More limited rainfall in the six- to 10-day period may allow for planting to increase, although low soil temperatures in northwest areas may slow planting progress for a time. River flooding is likely to continue for a while longer.
VARIABLE FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, cool to cold soils and wet fields will continue to slow planting progress this week. Next week offers improved conditions, with a drier and warmer pattern indicated.
WET MIDWEEK IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, soil moisture is adequate-to-surplus across the region. Heavy rains this week will delay summer crop planting and may cause wet-weather and disease issues in winter wheat.
WET IN DELTA
In the Delta, heavy rain and possibly severe weather are in store through the next five days. This likely will delay and disrupt planting progress further during this week. Northern areas may turn drier during the six- to 10-day period, but it is uncertain whether this will also mean drier for southern areas as well.
MAINLY DRY IN PRAIRIES
Across the Canadian Prairies, precipitation is likely to average near to mostly below normal during the next 10 days. For some locations this may discourage early planting due to dryness. Temperatures will be variable.
DRIER CENTRAL BRAZIL TREND
Central Brazil will see a drier pattern during the balance of this week. This pattern will favor harvest progress of second-crop corn (safrinha).
MILD ARGENTINA TREND
Central Argentina crop areas have favorable conditions for harvest. A few showers are indicated by the end of this week.
BLACK SEA RAIN
In the Black Sea region, generous spring and winter rains have allowed for favorable conditions for winter wheat at this time.
WIDELY SCATTERED AUSTRALIA SHOWERS
Eastern Australia continues with prospects for only isolated showers during the next five days, with little additional soil moisture after rain during the past week. Western Australia will be dry.
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