Cropcast Wednesday: Plains are drier Saturday

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Cropcast Morning Headlines:

-Midwest is wetter in central areas in the 6-10 day period. Showers in southeastern areas this weekend should further improve moisture for wheat. The 6-10 day outlook is wetter in central areas. Temperatures are cooler. The 11-15 day outlook is drier in northwestern areas. Temperatures are unchanged.

-Plains are drier Saturday. Colder conditions should return mid and late next week, which will increase winterkill potential again in central Nebraska. The 6-10 day outlook is drier in southeastern areas. Temperatures are cooler. The 11-15 day outlook is unchanged.

-Florida is drier in the 6-10 day period. Dry weather through the weekend should favor harvesting. Temperatures will cool a bit by the weekend, but should remain above frost levels. The 6-10 day outlook is drier. Temperatures are unchanged. The 11-15 day outlook is unchanged.

-Delta is drier in southern areas in the 6-10 day period. Abundant showers today and again this weekend will continue to improve moisture for wheat. The 6-10 day outlook is drier in southern areas. Temperatures are slightly cooler. The 11-15 day outlook is unchanged.

-Argentina is drier in southeastern areas in the 6-10 day period. Additional rains in central and northern areas late this weekend and early next week will further improve moisture, although some wetness may develop. Meanwhile, dryness will continue in La Pampa and southern Buenos Aires. The 6-10 day outlook is drier in southeastern Buenos Aires.

-Brazil is wetter in central and northwestern areas in the 6-10 day period. Additional showers in southern areas should continue to ease remaining dryness there. Some slight improvement will be possible in northwestern areas, but more rains will be needed there and in northeastern areas to end dryness. The 6-10 day outlook is wetter in central and northwestern areas.

-No changes for Europe. Dryness remains extensive in western and southeastern areas. Little change is expected through the weekend, but a notable upturn in snow cover is expected in central and eastern areas next week. This will improve moisture once it melts.

-No changes for Black Sea. Snow cover should continue to rebuild across northern Ukraine and Belarus through early next week, which will be needed to prevent winterkill as much colder conditions return later next week.

-No changes for China. Showers in Yangtze Valley and North China Plain recently improved conditions for wheat and rapeseed, and additional improvements are expected in southeastern Yangtze Valley early next week.

-No changes for Australia. Showers in South Australia, Victoria, and southern New South Wales through the weekend will maintain slow wheat harvesting. Harvesting should progress well in Queensland and Western Australia.

-No changes for South Africa. Rains in western areas have improved moisture, but notable dryness will continue in south central and southeastern corn areas.

Donald Keeney
Senior Agricultural Meteorologist

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