OMAHA (DTN) -- Rain and snow to disrupt U.S. harvest, and periods of rain for South America, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
RAIN FOR MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate precipitation, mostly in the form of rain, to disrupt harvest in the western Midwest. Northeast and southeast sectors also turn wetter through Thursday, with additional rain in the southeast sector Saturday. The pattern remains prone to periods of rain in the six-to-10-day time frame as well.
SNOW RETURNS TO NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, a new round of snow, with several inches possible, is indicated for North Dakota and northern Minnesota. This will likely mean only limited field work along with harvest delays through the next couple of days. A drier pattern is forecast through the weekend.
FAVORABLE IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
The Southern Plains will have warmer temperatures across winter wheat areas during the next week. There is also some chance for beneficial rainfall in southern and eastern areas during the next five days as well. West-central and northwest areas are still drier.
CONTINUED BRAZIL RAIN FORECAST
Across Brazil, moderate to heavy rain is indicated for southern and south-central crop areas during the next five days. Rainfall would be beneficial. Central and northern crop areas also have daily chances for rain and favorable conditions for corn and soybean development.
SHOWERS FOR ARGENTINA
In Argentina, showers and thunderstorms are indicated for southern and western crop areas Wednesday and Thursday. Additional rain, with the potential of moderate to heavy, moves into the main crop areas Sunday. The general effect of rain would be favorable for crop moisture.
DRIER EUROPE TREND
In southern Europe, Italy has a drier pattern indicated during the next week to 10 days. This should help ease flooding, although floods will be very slow to recede. Winter grain development has more favorable conditions with this trend.
DRY AUSTRALIA FORECAST
Drought-affected wheat areas of Australia have no significant rain in store for the next 10 days. Wheat prospects have been lowered due to drought. Drought has also intensified wildfire activity.
MIXED SOUTH AFRICA PATTERN
South Africa's crop areas have increasing shower activity in store through the next five days, which will improve conditions for planting and early development. The six-to-10-day pattern is showing a drier signal.
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