OMAHA (DTN) -- Continued dryness in central Brazil and mixed rain in southern Brazil through Argentina are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Friday.
EASTERN MIDWEST RAIN
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for recent showers in the eastern Midwest to delay the remaining corn harvest in the east. A storm will move through late Sunday through Tuesday, bringing moderate to heavy precipitation, including snowfall to the eastern half of the region. The snowfall will bring favorable moisture for soft red winter wheat but will further delay the remaining corn harvest in eastern areas.
VARIABLE SOUTHERN PLAINS MOISTURE
The Southern Plains had moderate rain and snow in most areas this week. Scattered showers are indicated in the southern portions through the weekend. Some dryness easing occurred; however, drought conditions have deepened in western areas.
MILD IN NORTHERN PLAINS
The Northern Plains regions continues with a dry and mild pattern through the weekend. No stressful cold is expected. This pattern is favorable for livestock.
Southeast crop areas had scattered showers during the past two days. More showers will be likely through the weekend, producing further delays and quality issues for cotton harvest.
CENTRAL BRAZIL DRYNESS
Across Brazil, central areas continue with a mainly hot and dry forecast. Temperatures will exceed 100 Fahrenheit. This pattern is stressful to developing soybeans and corn. Mato Grosso, the largest crop production state in Brazil, is especially dry.
POSSIBLE SOUTHERN BRAZIL RAIN
Southern Brazil has moderate to heavy rain in the forecast. Indicated coverage is heaviest in Rio Grande do Sul but is also indicated over Parana. This rain prospect will be closely watched.
MIXED ARGENTINA RAIN FORECAST
Argentina's forecast continues with moderate to heavy rain for northern crop areas and light to locally moderate amounts central and south. This rain chance and evolution of the pattern will be closely watched. Soil moisture is short to very short in the areas with the highest rain probability.
DRIER AUSTRALIA PATTERN
Australia crop regions have very little rain in the forecast through the next seven days. The drier trend benefits wheat harvest but may be stressful to summer crops.
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