OMAHA (DTN) -- Variable rain prospects in the Midwest and continued scattered rain for the Black Sea region are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
MIXED MIDWEST RAIN FORECAST
The DTN Ag Weather forecast continues to feature moderate to heavy rain in the eastern Midwest during the next seven days. Fieldwork and planting delays are in store with this rain. Western Midwest areas have light to moderate rain with more opportunity for progress.
LIGHT SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN
The Southern Plains region has mainly light rain indicated in the seven-day forecast. Winter wheat needs additional precipitation as the crop moves further into its reproductive phases. Freezing temperatures in the past two weeks have likely caused some damage to winter wheat, with the extent of damage still to be determined.
DRY AND MILD IN NORTHERN PLAINS
In the Northern Plains, near to above normal temperatures and only scattered rain showers through the next seven days should allow fieldwork to progress. Scattered showers cross the region during late week.
HEAVY RAIN FOR DELTA
The Delta has heavy rain totals through the coming weekend, including the threat of flash flooding. The rain will disrupt fieldwork and planting through most of the remaining days of the month.
ONGOING BRAZIL DRYNESS
Most Brazil crop areas will be dry over the next seven days. Dryness is stressful to the safrinha corn crop. Dry conditions have already caused extensive soybean crop reduction relative to earlier estimates.
POSSIBLE FLOODING RAIN FOR ARGENTINA
Argentina crop areas have heavy rain forming through the end of the week into next week. Rain will delay harvest. Flooding is also possible, which poses damage to crops in addition to harvest delays.
MINIMAL EUROPE RAIN
Central and northern Europe crop areas remain dry during the next week. This dry trend brings concern about stress to wheat and rapeseed. Southern areas will see heavier rainfall.
SCATTERED BLACK SEA RAIN
In the Black Sea region, moderate rain is indicated only for the Central Russia crop district over the next week. Other areas of Ukraine and Russia will be mainly dry. Winter grains are in need of moisture as they move through their development phases earlier than average.
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