OMAHA (DTN) -- Continued wet conditions forecast throughout the central United States, and favorable trends in South America, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
WET MIDWEST PATTERN
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.
SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN AND SNOW
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.
WINTRY IN NORTHERN PLAINS
Northern Plains areas will have an early-spring snowstorm through the weekend. Heavy snow is likely in western areas, with lighter amounts in eastern areas. Temperatures will turn sharply colder in the five-to-10-day time frame, with much below normal values. Some livestock stress will be noted with this colder pattern.
ONGOING 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.
DRIER IN CENTRAL BRAZIL
Across Brazil, drier conditions are indicated for northern into central crop areas through early next week. This drier trend will be favorable for late soybean harvest. Southern Brazil will see rain, with limited benefit for crops following a hot and dry pattern over the past month.
FAVORABLE ARGENTINA RAIN
South-central Argentina has continued rain for southern and central growing areas. Rainfall will be beneficial to filling corn and soybeans. The precipitation will move to the northern growing areas through the weekend. Additional showers are expected during the next week.
BLACK SEA REGION SHOWERS
In the Black Sea region, Ukraine and Russia are in store for showers through the weekend. 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.
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