OMAHA (DTN)— A strong cold wave taking aim at the Midwest, and continued favorable conditions for South America crops, are key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
MIDWEST WINTER STORM AND COLD
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate to locally heavy snow, ice and rain in the Midwest Friday. This maintains very wet conditions and is concerning as we look toward the spring planting season. Arctic high projected over the Midwest Sunday through Tuesday is expected to bring subzero readings to the western and some central areas of the Midwest.
It appears that readings in soft red winter wheat areas will fall into the low teens or upper single numbers above zero Sunday or Monday. This will need to be watched as there is not likely to be significant snow cover and this is a fairly cold air mass coming to the area.
SOUTHERN PLAINS MIXED PRECIPITATION
In the Southern Plains, livestock areas of southwest Kansas and the Texas Panhandle may see a period of snow or freezing rain during Thursday and Thursday night, increasing stress to livestock. However, temperatures will not be very lowe, so major stress is not expected. There is no major cold weather threat for livestock or winter wheat, as a bitter-cold wave from the Northern Plains is expected to track toward the Midwest, rather than the central and Southern Plains wheat belt.
COLD WAVE FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, bitter-cold conditions over the next week will be stressful to livestock and transportation. Snowfall appears to be confined to eastern sectors of the region.
FAVORABLE BRAZIL CONDITIONS
Across Brazil, conditions are generally favorable for crops. Southern areas will have a new round of showers and thunderstorms through Thursday. Light to moderate rain is indicated for central and south-central areas.
CENTRAL ARGENTINA RAIN
Argentina's primary central crop areas had moderate to heavy rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The driest area of Argentina is the southern portion, where periods of rain alternate with episodes of hot and dry conditions. Overall crop prospects are favorable in Argentina at this time.
FAVORABLE BLACK SEA TEMPERATURES
In the Black Sea region, there are no cold-air threats to winter grains in Ukraine and Russia through the next week. Temperature trends are being watched due to a lack of snow cover in the region.
MILD SOUTH AFRICA PATTERN
In South Africa, favorable conditions remain in effect for developing crops.
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