OMAHA (DTN) -- Rain and snow forecast throughout the central United States, and a static pattern in South America, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
MIDWEST RAIN AND SNOW
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for widespread rain with some snow in the Midwest through the next 10 days. This active storm track is indicated to bring heavy amounts to the southern half of the region. Fieldwork disruption and flooding are likely. Northern areas will see less precipitation; however, a colder trend in northern sectors will offer no appreciable field drying or warming of soils ahead of spring fieldwork.
WIDESPREAD SOUTHERN PLAINS MOISTURE
In the Southern Plains, near-general coverage of rain and snow is expected through the next five days. The precipitation will be beneficial for winter wheat and pastures. Additional precipitation is expected out of a couple of storms in the six-to-10-day period as well.
COLD AND SNOW FOR NORTHERN PLAINS
Northern Plains areas will have an early spring snowstorm during the coming weekend. Heavy snow is likely in western areas, with lighter amounts in eastern areas. Temperatures will turn sharply lower in the five-to-10-day time frame, with much below normal values. Some livestock stress will be noted with this colder pattern.
CONTINUED DELTA FLOOD THREAT
The Delta continues to be in line for a series of heavy rainstorms through the next week. The rain will produce a new threat of flooding in the region, along with disrupting spring fieldwork and river transportation.
STATIC BRAZIL PATTERN
Across Brazil, moderate-to-heavy rain continues to be indicated for northern into central crop areas through the end of the week. This moisture will be beneficial for safrinha (second-crop) corn. Southern Brazil will see lighter amounts. The rain is coming too late to prevent some loss in soybean production over far southern areas.
RAIN FOR ARGENTINA
South-central Argentina will continue to see rain in southern and central growing areas. Rainfall will be beneficial to filling corn and soybeans. The precipitation will move to the northern growing areas this weekend. Additional showers are expected during the next week.
BLACK SEA REGION SHOWER FORECAST
In the Black Sea region, Ukraine and Russia will have several rounds of precipitation through the end of the week. This is important as the winter crops have likely broken dormancy. Temperatures have been much above normal during the last several weeks. A cooling trend is forecast, but will not be cold enough to damage winter wheat.
FAVORABLE AUSTRALIA RAIN
Eastern Australia has had a notable improvement in rainfall. Showers will continue over eastern Australia through the weekend. Rainfall will improve irrigation supplies. Soil moisture will also increase, offering benefit for winter wheat seeding, which begins around mid-April.
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