OMAHA (DTN) -- Very cool conditions keeping crop development slow, and favorable crop conditions in Russia, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
COTNINUED SLOW MIDWEST DEVELOPMENT
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for below- to much-below normal temperatures in the Midwest through the next week. Crop development remains well behind normal in many areas. The very cool pattern will keep crop development at a very slow pace relative to normal. A later-than-normal first freeze date is needed to allow crops to reach maturity.
LAGGING NORTHERN PLAINS PROGRESS
Northern Plains' crop areas will have low temperatures during the next week to 10 days keeping crop development slow. The spring wheat harvest, already slow due to the lateness of the crop, may slow further during periods of showers or rain during the next five days.
SCATTERED FROST FOR PRAIRIES
Canadian Prairies crop areas will have very cool conditions through the next week, keeping crop progress slow. Scattered frost will develop. It does not appear that a hard freeze is in store; however, any colder air masses will be closely tracked.
MIXED EUROPE MOISTURE
In Western Europe, a warming trend is in store through the next week, with little rainfall. This puts added stress on filling crops and reduces soil moisture for planting winter grains and oilseeds.
FAVORABLE BLACK SEA PATTERN
In the Black Sea region, a warmer and drier pattern is in store through the end of the month. Crops are in filling-to-maturing stages at this time. Conditions are generally favorable for maturing crops at this time. Soil moisture is reported as adequate for early planted winter grains.
CONTINUED INDIA MONSOON RAIN
Monsoon rain continues offering favorable moisture for western and west-central India crops.
EASTERN AUSTRALIA FROST THREAT
Eastern Australia wheat crop prospects are lower due to drought. In addition, the region may have freezing conditions during the weekend. This occurrence would likely cause more crop damage.
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