OMAHA (DTN) -- Snow and rain in the U.S. Northern Plains and continued dry conditions in the central Brazil forecast are the primary weather features for the commodity market's attention Monday.
SHOWERS AND CHILLY FOR MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for periods of showers and cooler to colder conditions in the Midwest during this mid-April time frame. This pattern will slow the growth of winter wheat and delay early row crop planting progress.
VARIABLE SOUTHERN PLAINS PRECIPITATION
In the Southern Plains, widespread showers are indicated during the last half of the week which will benefit almost all wheat areas. Cold air that precedes and follows this system will slow the development of winter wheat and could also bring some freeze threat to far western areas.
NORTHERN PLAINS RAIN AND SNOW
The Northern Plains had rain and snow during the past weekend with some moderate precipitation totals. This moisture is useful for some easing of extreme drought. Precipitation continues in the region through Tuesday. More scattered showers are expected late this week, but more likely for South Dakota than the hardest-hit drought areas. Cold air funneling into the region is likely to delay additional planting.
WET WEEKEND IN DELTA
The Delta had heavy rain during the past weekend which has enhanced river flooding. The week ahead will be drier which will allow fieldwork and planting to resume.
DRIER FOR SOUTHEAST
The southeastern U.S. had areas of heavy rain during the past weekend, causing fieldwork delays. The pattern turns drier this week.
DROUGHT-EASING SNOW IN CANADIAN PRAIRIES
In the Canadian Prairies, periods of moderate to heavy snow in the next few days will offer some relief from severe to extreme drought. This wintry pattern will also curtail any fieldwork or seeding.
MINIMAL BRAZIL RAIN
Central Brazil crop areas had minimal rain during the past weekend. Concern remains high for moisture ahead of the onset of the dry season, which has averaged in early May during the past 30 years. Yield prospects for the winter corn crop are unlikely to meet expectations with these conditions.
HARVEST-DELAYING ARGENTINA RAIN
Argentina crop areas had moderate to locally heavy rain during the past weekend, causing disruption in harvest. The pattern turns drier during the coming week and will allow renewed harvest activity.
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