OMAHA (DTN) -- Heavy rain indicated for the western Midwest, and a cooler forecast for Europe and the Black Sea region, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
MIXED MIDWEST RAIN PROSPECTS
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for mostly favorable conditions in the Midwest through the next week, with seasonal to above-normal temperatures and periods of rain. Western sectors have a chance for moderate-to-heavy rain, which may cause some flooding and ponding concerns in areas already wet from heavy spring rainfall. Crops should benefit from mainly warmer-than-normal temperatures, which should allow for improvement in development.
SCATTERED SOUTHERN PLAINS STORMS
In the Southern Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms will cause some disruption in wheat harvest during the next five days. However, no extensive delays are expected.
RAINY NORTHERN PLAINS PATTERN
In the Northern Plains, cooler temperatures with several rounds of thunderstorms are indicated through the next five days. Rainfall amounts are forecast to be moderate to heavy. Local flooding is possible. Drier areas in the northern sector of the region will have the greatest benefit from the rain.
NEW ROUND OF PRAIRIES RAIN
Canadian Prairies crop areas have a new round of moderate-to-heavy rain in the seven-day forecast. The rain will be favorable for additional crop moisture.
HEAT STRESS IN EUROPE
Warm-to-hot temperatures are forecast for west-central and south Europe during the next five days, followed by a cooler trend in the six-to-10-day period, especially in Eastern Europe. Rainfall potential increases somewhat for eastern and southeastern Europe during the next two weeks. Dryness and the recent extreme heat is likely to affect development of summer crops in Europe.
COOLER PATTERN FOR RUSSIA
In the Black Sea region, Russia and Ukraine have a cooler temperature pattern indicated over the next week to 10 days. Scattered rain will accompany this cooler trend.
VARIABLE INDIA MONSOON RAIN
India monsoon rain Tuesday was featured in portions of the west-central crop areas. Similar variable activity is forecast through the balance of the week. Monsoon rain remains two weeks late in its advance and uneven in its coverage.
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