OMAHA (DTN) -- Limited rain for the Midwest, and heat stress impact on European crops, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
CONTINUED MIDWEST DRYNESS
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for Midwest temperatures to remain below normal through the next week. The cooler pattern will ease crop stress, but also keeps crop development very late, with concerns widespread about crop maturity prior to the first autumn freeze. Precipitation will be limited in the recently dry areas of the central and eastern Midwest; drought development is forecast during August.
LIMITED FOLLOW-UP RAIN IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
In the Southern Plains, western and central areas have some flash drought conditions developing due to stressful heat and dryness. Showers and thunderstorms through the weekend will bring little meaningful precipitation. In eastern areas, heavy rain and severe storms have caused flash flooding and storm damage. Additional storms are possible through the weekend.
COOL WITH RAIN IN NORTHERN PLAINS
Northern Plains' crop areas again have a below-normal temperature pattern with periods of showers and thunderstorms forecast during the next week. Crop progress is well behind average following extensive planting delays caused by a very wet spring. The region needs a late fall freeze to allow crops to fully develop.
INCREASED PRAIRIES RAIN CHANCE
Canadian Prairies' crop areas will again have below-normal temperatures through the next week. Rainfall chances continue over southern areas, including some heavy flooding rain potential in the western sector of the region. Low temperatures will keep crop progress slow in this late season. Some crops are as much as two weeks behind schedule, raising concerns about the timing of the first autumn freeze.
EUROPE HEAT STRESS IMPACT
Rain and lower temperatures have eased some stress to western and central Europe corn after harsh hot conditions in July. The midsummer heat wave has affected crops. France's corn rating has slipped to 60% good because of the heat.
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