OMAHA (DTN) -- Prospects for continued heavy Midwest and Delta precipitation, and variable conditions in South America, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
MORE MIDWEST PRECIPITATION
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for the eastern Midwest to remain saturated on soil moisture due to moderate to heavy rain and snow through the balance of the week. Another system could bring heavy rainfall and some snow early next week with another possible late next week. Western Midwest areas have a drier and warmer forecast, offering some easing of wet soil conditions.
IMPROVED SOUTHERN PLAINS MOISTURE
In the Southern Plains, recent rain and snow brought improvement to soil moisture supplies. Another system could bring rainfall and some snow early through the middle of next week. Temperatures will be below normal, but not critically cold.
NORTHERN PLAINS SNOW MELT
In the Northern Plains, a drier pattern with mild temperatures over the next week will offer some melting in areas with heavy snow cover. Temperatures during the five-day period will be much above normal, enhancing the snow melt prospects.
MORE HEAVY DELTA RAIN
The Delta has a few days of drier conditions. However, at least one, and possibly two, storm systems in the next week threaten to bring another round of heavy rainfall with flood potential. Spring fieldwork has a slow start ahead with this consistently wet pattern.
STATIC BRAZIL PATTERN
The Brazil crop weather pattern again features shower activity in the south-central areas, benefitting filling crops. Farther north, scattered showers and thunderstorms continue over the major growing areas, providing beneficial moisture for newly planted cotton and second crop corn (safrinha).
DRY STRETCH IN ARGENTINA
Argentina conditions remain cool and dry through the balance of the week. Crops are in need of additional rainfall during their filling stage.
STILL FAVORABLE BLACK SEA PATTERN
Periods of rain continue in the forecast for Russia and Ukraine during the next seven days. Rainfall will offer soil moisture benefits for winter wheat. No winterkill was noted during the past winter season.
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