OMAHA (DTN) -- Rain to delay planting in the Midwest and scattered rainfall for the Black Sea region and Europe are key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Wednesday.
WET MIDWEST OUTLOOK
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for moderate to heavy rain in the eastern Midwest during the next seven days, beginning late Wednesday. Fieldwork and planting delays are in store with this rain. Western Midwest areas have light to moderate rain with more variability in fieldwork delays.
STORMS CROSS SOUTHERN PLAINS
Showers and thunderstorms Tuesday brought light to moderate rain to scattered areas of the southwestern Plains. Heavier rain is indicated Wednesday in the south-central Plains. The region has variable follow-up rainfall indicated in the next seven days. Freezing temperatures in the past two weeks have likely caused some damage to winter wheat, with the extent of damage still to be determined.
MILD IN NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, near to above normal temperatures and only scattered rain showers this week should allow fieldwork to progress. Scattered showers move through the region during late week.
DELTA FLASH FLOOD THREAT
The Delta has heavy rain totals through the end of the week, including the threat of flash flooding. The rain will disrupt fieldwork and planting through most of the remaining days of the month.
CONTINUED SOUTHERN BRAZIL DRYNESS
Southern Brazil crop areas have continued dryness, which brings ideas of further reduction in soybean and corn crop sizes. Central areas have scattered showers with likely stress to safrinha corn.
RAIN FOR ARGENTINA HARVEST
Argentina crop areas have rain forming late week with possibly heavy amounts to delay harvest.
MINIMAL EUROPE RAIN
Across Europe, drier conditions over the central and northern growing areas lead to concern about stress to wheat and rapeseed. Southern areas are seeing heavier rainfall.
SPOTTY RUSSIA RAIN
In the Black Sea region, only brief and spotty rain showers are forecast for Ukraine and South Russia through the end of the week. Winter grains are in need of moisture as they move through their development phases earlier than average.
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