OMAHA (DTN) -- A stormy Midwest forecast and light rain in driest areas of the Southern Plains are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
WEEKEND STORMS FOR MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for dry conditions in the Midwest during the latter part of the week. Thunderstorms with moderate to locally heavy rain are indicated during the coming weekend. Rain benefit will be minimal due to extensive dryness during August. Storms may also bring some severe weather damage.
LIGHT SOUTHERN PLAINS RAIN
In the Southern Plains, scattered showers during the coming weekend offer some moisture ahead of winter wheat planting. However, very hot conditions before the rainfall will further dry out soils and vegetation. Soil moisture for winter wheat planting is low in the western sector of the region.
DRY IN NORTHERN PLAINS
Northern Plains crop areas have a dry pattern in store through the next week. Dry conditions favor spring wheat harvest. A strong storm early next week offers light showers and colder weather. There may be some frost a couple of nights next week.
LATE-WEEK DELTA SHOWERS
Scattered showers are expected through the rest of the week in the Delta, especially in the north, offering late-stage moisture for crops. The rain may also be unfavorable for open boll cotton.
DRY SOUTHEAST PATTERN
Southeast crop areas continue with a dry pattern. Open boll cotton will find favorable conditions for drying.
STORMS AND COLD FOR PRAIRIES
A strong storm system with cold air trailing behind it will move through the Canadian Prairies this weekend. Some breezy winds will occur with potential for some snow as well, most likely in the foothills of the Rockies. Temperatures may reach killing freeze levels in Alberta with this sharply colder pattern.
CENTRAL BRAZIL DRY TREND
Across Brazil's crop areas, the large-production central states have a continued dry trend. Rain continues to have the highest prospect in Rio Grande do Sul in the far south.
STILL CHILLY IN ARGENTINA
Argentina central crop areas remain very cool with temperatures well-below normal and nights falling below freezing again across the north. The colder pattern is also expected over central areas with some risks of frosts and freezes and stress to developing wheat. Showers look to remain limited to mostly northern areas.
DRY RUSSIA FORECAST
In the Black Sea region, eastern Ukraine through Russia are mainly dry. A system bringing showers to western Ukraine will move southeast into southern Russia this weekend but diminish as it does so. Heat will stick around until this system moves into the area, stressing filling crops. Harvest activities will benefit from the heat and overall dryness, however.
MIXED AUSTRALIA MOISTURE
Australia wheat areas continue with a mixed soil moisture trend. Western and eastern crop areas have improved soil moisture compared with a year ago. However, Queensland remains drier with very little rain in the forecast.
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