Storm Providing Moisture to Southern Plains

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by Elaine Shein, DTN Associate Managing Editor

OMAHA (DTN) — Scattered precipitation for Midwest and Delta, beneficial moisture for Southern Plains, heat and dryness continuing for Brazil, high temperatures in Argentina, drier, hotter weather for South Africa, remaining mild in Ukraine, and heavier rains for Europe are the main weather items for the commodity trade’s attention Monday.

SCATTERED PRECIPITATION FOR MIDWEST AND DELTA

The DTN ag weather forecast calls for scattered precipitation to help maintain adequate to surplus moisture through the soft red winter wheat areas of the Midwest and Delta. Corn and soybean areas of the northwest Midwest and the Northern Plains continue to trend drier.

BENEFICIAL MOISTURE FOR SOUTHERN PLAINS

In the Southern Plains, precipitation, whether snow or rain, will eventually make it into the soils and help to recharge soil moisture for spring growth. Snow will protect the crop in the event of significantly lower night-time temps this week. Some areas of southwest Kansas received up to 12 inches of snow yesterday from a blizzard; Colorado, Oklahoma and parts of Texas already received beneficial precipitation.

While the heavy snows have been tapering off, strong winds and blowing snow continue through key feedlots of southwest Kansas and the Texas Panhandle this morning, but conditions should improve this afternoon. There may be another period of snow in the area Thursday, but this system does not appear to feature strong winds.

STILL DRY IN NORTHERN PLAINS

The Northern Plains has no significant precipitation or cold weather during the next seven days. Above-normal temperatures will continue.

HEAT, DRYNESS CONTINUE FOR BRAZIL

Hot, dry weather will increase stress to crops through southern and central areas of Brazil this week. Most areas in Brazil had temperatures of 95 to 103 F yesterday and this will continue today. Showers late this week and this coming weekend will help ease stress to developing crops but more rain will be needed to alleviate concerns.


ARGENTINA REMAINS HOT

Another very hot day in Argentina today with only a few showers or thundershowers expected. Monday some places hit more than 100 F; today’s temperatures will be 95 to 104 F, especially hot in the central and northern areas. Scattered showers and thundershowers and cooler weather filters into the area during the next few days. This will help ease stress to crops. However, rainfall associated with this cold front does not look to be as heavy as it looked yesterday, with only about three quarters of an inch of rain at best.

DRIER, HOTTER FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Weak upper level ridging may promote drier and hotter weather for South Africa early this week. However, long-range charts suggest a chance for scattered showers and less hot weather at the end of the week or during the weekend.

REMAINING MILD IN UKRAINE

There is no significant cold weather in the forecast for Ukraine at this time. Snow cover is minimal to none. Precipitation chances may shift to the east this week. Heavy precipitation is not expected but some moderate activity is possible.

HEAVIER RAINS FOR EUROPE

An active weather pattern is leading to heavier rains and occasional strong winds for England, France and Germany. A colder trend may cause this rain to change to heavy snow at times. Precipitation helps to recharge soil moisture for winter rapeseed and wheat. Stormy weather will affect transportation.

Southeast Europe winter crop areas are may also see beneficial precipitation during the coming days, but the activity is not as heavy as it is to the west and north.

 

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Posted with DTN Permission by Haylie Shipp

 

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