Showers were fairly widespread across the growing areas in Argentina over the weekend, but amounts were generally rather light outside of northern Cordoba, western Buenos Aires and La Pampa. As a result, some soil moisture deficits remain in place across Santa Fe, Entre Rios and northeastern Buenos Aires. A few showers may favor southern and western Argentina this week, but below-normal rainfall is expected in most areas, particularly in Santa Fe and Entre Rios.
Below-normal rainfall should continue in the 6-10 day period, increasing dryness further.
Meanwhile in Brazil, rains mostly favored northern Brazil over the weekend, with Mato Grosso, Goias, Mina Gerais and western Bahia seeing the bulk of the rainfall. The rains in these areas led to further improvements in soil moisture, favoring corn and soybean growth.
Rains will continue in northern areas this week, but will also expand into central areas, maintaining favorable conditions for crops in most of the major growing areas in Brazil. Rains should mostly favor northern areas during the 6-10 day period. Below-normal rainfall in southern Brazil over the next 10 days may allow some dryness to develop in Rio Grande do Sul, however.
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