OMAHA (DTN) -- Light follow-up rain in the Argentina forecast and favorable moisture prospects over most of Brazil are the primary features for the commodity market's attention Thursday.
BLUSTERY WESTERN MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for blustery conditions in the western and northern Midwest during late week. Snow and mixed precipitation are in store along with colder air and strong winds. This combination creates a blizzard threat, hindering transportation and causing safety hazards. Eastern Midwest areas have very little precipitation ahead from this storm system.
WINDY AND DRY IN SOUTHERN PLAINS
Drought conditions remain in effect over much of the Southern Plains. Very little precipitation is expected outside of the northeastern corner of the region during the next 10 days. A system moving through the central United States does not have much precipitation, but winds will be strong and could be damaging to exposed crowns on wheat.
COLDER NORTHERN PLAINS PATTERN
In the Northern Plains, strong winds and mixed precipitation are in store for the eastern Dakotas Thursday and into Friday. Temperatures are forecast to remain mostly above normal through the middle of next week before Arctic temperatures finally move in.
USEFUL BRAZIN RAIN
Scattered moderate to isolated heavy showers fell across Brazil during the past several days. Showers will continue to fall across the central growing regions with moderate to heavy amounts possible in the south during the weekend. However, Rio Grande do Sul will be left out of the heavier rain area. Crop conditions will improve; however, the rain is coming too late for early planted crops. Increased soil moisture will be important as we near second-season corn planting.
MINIMAL FOLLOW-UP ARGENTINA RAINFALL
Scattered moderate rain occurred in Argentina during this week, and showers have fallen earlier this week; this improves conditions for developing to reproductive corn and soybeans. Western areas may continue to see showers Thursday. Another system will bring widespread moderate rainfall Friday and Saturday. This will be important as dryness is expected to follow the following week and most areas have seen below-normal rainfall thus far this season.
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