Commodities Market Impact Weather

Heavy Central US Precipitation

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By  Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist
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OMAHA (DTN) -- Heavy precipitation for the central United States and late-season rain in the Argentina forecast are the primary weather features for the commodity market's attention Monday.


The DTN ag weather forecast calls for improved soil moisture in the Midwest with an active pattern during mid-March. A system in the Plains produced moderate precipitation across the southwest portions of the region during the past weekend. The system will spread more showers through the region Monday into Tuesday, benefiting soil moisture for much of the area. A system will have similar precipitation amounts Wednesday and Thursday for the southern half of the region. Yet another system next week could produce more widespread showers again. Soil moisture will continue to improve for drier areas across western Iowa and around the Great Lakes.


In the Southern Plains, a strong weekend storm system produced widespread moderate to heavy rain and snow across the region; many areas recorded more than 2 inches of liquid equivalent. This event is a big win for soil moisture and easing drought across the region. More showers can be counted on Tuesday and Wednesday and again next week, in a reversal of fortune for winter wheat and soil moisture for corn and soybeans. Temperatures below normal this week are not expected to cause much damage to winter wheat that has exited dormancy.


In the Northern Plains, snow spread back into South Dakota on Sunday and will continue Monday and somewhat on Tuesday, helping to ease drought conditions. A storm system next week could spread more widespread showers across the region.


The Delta had scattered showers in northern areas Saturday. A front moved through Sunday night with more moderate showers and thunderstorms. More showers will move through Wednesday and Thursday as another system moves through and could contain severe weather. This will delay some early fieldwork and planting.


Central and northern Brazil crop areas had rain during the past weekend. Soybean harvest and double crop corn planting remain behind average in progress. Daily showers continue in the forecast for central and northern areas. Moderate to heavy rain is indicated for southern areas during Wednesday and Thursday, which would be useful for crop moisture.


Isolated to scattered showers fell across western areas during the past weekend, but mostly missed high production corn and soybean areas. Otherwise, the dryness has continued concerns about immature crops in the country. A storm system will cross the central crop region with moderate to heavy rainfall Monday and Tuesday. The end of the week brings a similar weather system.

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