By Kyle Tapley, MDA Weather Services
Showers favored southeastern Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, southern Goias, southern Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul over the weekend. However, the showers were mostly light and scattered across these areas, leading to only minor improvements in soil moisture. Much more rainfall will be needed across most of the major growing areas in Brazil in order to support corn and soybean germination and early growth. This week, heavy rains are expected in Rio Grande do Sul, which will improve soil moisture, but stall wheat harvesting. Elsewhere, only light and scattered showers are expected this week.
Meanwhile, rains were widespread across most of the major crop areas in Argentina over the weekend, with the heaviest amounts favoring Santa Fe, Entre Rios, Buenos Aires, and La Pampa. Additional showers are expected through Wednesday, which will lead to further improvements in soil moisture, favoring late wheat growth and germination of the corn crop as planting increases. Above-normal rainfall is expected in most areas during the 6-10 day period, which may slow planting progress, but will maintain favorable conditions for corn germination.
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