OMAHA (DTN) -- Mixed rain prospects in the Midwest during the coming week, and continued dry conditions in southern Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Monday.
SOUTHERN MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate-to-heavy precipitation in the southern and eastern Midwest this week. Other sectors of the region will have lighter amounts. Slow drying of soils is expected. Drier and warmer weather over the weekend may allow some fieldwork to be done. Additional drying is possible during the 14-day period extending into early April.
LIMITED SOUTHERN PLAINS MOISTURE
In the Southern Plains, rainfall during the coming week will be confined to northern and eastern sectors. Drier sections in the southwest will largely remain dry. Winter wheat coming out of dormancy could use more moisture in these drier areas. Dry and warmer weather is on tap for next week.
COOL TO COLD FOR NORTHERN PLAIN
Northern Plains areas have some snow show up in the forecast for Wednesday and Friday, but should be light overall. Temperatures will increase next week, perhaps allowing equipment to get out into the fields.
VARIABLE DELTA PROSPECTS
The Delta will have only a couple dry days this week, limiting drying and fieldwork opportunities. More drying is expected this weekend into early next week and could allow for some fieldwork progress.
SOUTHERN BRAZIL DRYNESS
Southern Brazil crop areas will remain dry this week, stressing filling corn and soybeans. Central growing areas will see more showers through the next five days. Northern areas should continue to see periods of showers.
Argentina will have scattered rain showers this week. Some moderate amounts are expected over central growing areas, which will help late-filling corn and soybeans. Additional opportunities for scattered showers are indicated over the weekend.
BENEFICIAL BLACK SEA MOISTURE
In the Black Sea region, Russia and Ukraine soil moisture has increased over the last few weeks, benefitting crops breaking dormancy a month ahead of normal. A cold outbreak continues over the next couple of days and could be a concern for a reduced winter hardiness crop, especially over western areas.
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