Rains favored Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goias, Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul over the holiday weekend. The shower led to some minor slowdowns in fieldwork in northwestern Brazil, but were not as heavy as the rains seen earlier last week that stalled fieldwork.
Showers should continue across northwestern Brazil this week, which will lead to additional minor slowdowns. Increasing rains in central Brazil late this week and into next week should lead to improvements in soil moisture, favoring crop growth. Little improvement is expected in far northeastern areas, where dryness will build once again.
Meanwhile in Argentina, heavier rains favored eastern Cordoba, central and southern Santa Fe and Entre Rios over the weekend, with amounts of 2-4” (50-100 mm) reported. These rains maintained some wetness concerns, particularly in Santa Fe and Entre Rios.
Showers are expected to favor northern Santa Fe and Entre Rios over the next few days, which will maintain wetness, but should not be heavy enough to lead to significant flooding or crop damage. Elsewhere in Argentina, conditions should remain generally favorable for corn and soybean development.
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