OMAHA (DTN) -- A dry Midwest forecast and continued favorable conditions in Russia are key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
MIDWEST TO STAY DRY
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for a very dry trend in the Midwest to remain in place through the next week. The dryness is threatening to turn into a flash drought in the region. This dry trend brings new stress into a crop season which is already roiled by extensive planting delays due to record rain in the 2019 spring. Temperatures will remain seasonal to below normal, easing some of the dryness stress.
SOUTHERN PLAINS FLOODING
Heavy rain and flash flooding remain in effect in the Southern Plains, notably in eastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma. Meanwhile, western areas have a dry pattern with very warm to hot temperatures and stressful conditions for crops and livestock.
COOL IN NORTHERN PLAINS
Northern Plains crop areas have generally favorable crop conditions. However, seasonal to below normal temperatures will hinder crop development. Crop progress is well behind average because of extensive planting delays during the very wet spring.
DRY PRAIRIES FORECAST
Canadian Prairies crop areas continue with a mainly dry forecast through the next week. Southwestern areas have the greatest impact due to the dry pattern, along with very warm temperatures. The drier trend may bring a streak of steadily improving crop conditions to an end.
HEAT WAVE REDUCES FRENCH CORN
Extreme heat during July has adversely affected the corn crop in France. Recent corn crop estimates have been lowered due to heat stress during corn pollination.
BENEFICIAL BLACK SEA TREND
In the Black Sea region, the pattern remains beneficial for crops, now in the fourth consecutive week of near to below normal temperatures and periods of rain.
MIXED TREND IN EASTERN RUSSIA
In eastern Russia crop areas, most of the region has either received useful rain, or has rain in the forecast over the next week. Some western areas have had crop prospects lowered due to a hot and dry pattern earlier this summer.
CONTINUED INDIA MONSOON RAIN
Additional late but beneficial India monsoon rains are occurring in most primary crop areas.
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