OMAHA (DTN) -- Late-week storms over the central United States, and limited rain over central Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
STORMS FOR MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate-to-heavy precipitation in the northern and western Midwest through the end of the week. Moisture includes the potential for snow. Soils will remain saturated, with the potential for at least minor flooding. A delayed start to spring fieldwork is looming over the region. Eastern Midwest soils are already saturated due to recent precipitation. Additional rain is in store for the eastern Midwest as well during the next three days.
MIXED SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN
In the Southern Plains, eastern areas have moderate-to-locally heavy rain indicated through the end of the week. Rain will occur in strong thunderstorms, which could also produce severe weather. Western areas will be dry, with no more than very light precipitation.
RAIN AND SNOW IN NORTHERN PLAINS
Northern Plains areas have moderate-to-heavy snow in western areas, with a rain and snow mix in eastern areas over the next several days. This combination is unfavorable for late corn harvest and will be stressful for livestock. River flooding is also likely in eastern areas.
SLOW DELTA PROGRESS
Corn planting in the Delta is well behind average, with only 8% planted in Mississippi versus an average of 25% and Arkansas corn planting only 2% finished compared with average 14%. Saturated soils and delayed fieldwork continue. Another rain system is forecast to move through the region at the end of the week.
LIGHT SHOWERS FOR BRAZIL
In Brazil's crop areas, isolated showers are expected Wednesday. A system moving from Argentina Thursday and Friday offers wider coverage of showers. In general, precipitation is expected to be below normal. Central crop areas may incur stress to safrinha (second-crop) corn because of limited crop moisture.
SCATTERED ARGENTINA RAIN
In Argentina, scattered rain moves south to north through Thursday. Drier and cooler conditions follow into next week. Mature areas will likely benefit. Double-crop soybeans still need additional moisture during the filling phase.
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