Rain Falls in Brazil, But Weekend Frost Reminds of Next Threat to the Late-planted Safrinha Corn Crop

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Rains were widespread across safrinha corn producing areas of Brazil over the weekend, providing welcome relief to dry conditions. The moisture comes too late for much of the crop, but some later planted fields will benefit. “Winter wheat benefited most from the precipitation,” World Weather Inc. reports. More rains fell overnight in areas of center-south and interior southern producing areas of Brazil.

Patches of frost and some freezing temperatures were noted over the weekend for minor wheat and corn producing areas of Brazil’s Parana and Sao Paulo, but the impact should be limited as the cold snap did not hit major producing areas, according to World Weather. Cooler temperatures are likely to limit evaporation this week, but no damaging cold is expected.

Welcome moisture for the U.S. Northern Plains and Canadian Prairies, too

 Rain and snow fell in eastern Canada’s prairies on Friday, improving soil moisture for central Alberta, southern and eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, according to World Weather. It reports dry conditions linger from east-central Alberta through west-central and northwestern Saskatchewan, but rain is expected for those areas early this week. After that, conditions are expected to be drier through mid- to late week, with another round of moisture possible over the weekend.

Some rain also fell in the Northern Plains over the weekend, with the heaviest amounts of 1.0 to 2.5 inches recorded in southwest North Dakota and eastern South Dakota.


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