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Rains forecast for Midwest; no damage from heat

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Rains are expected to move through the Midwest this week with above normal temperatures, but the region is unlikely to experience excessive heat capable of stressing the pollinating corn crop, a forecaster said.

In the western Midwest, the outlook calls for mainly dry conditions on Monday and Tuesday followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms of 0.25-1.00 inch on Wednesday, said Mike Palmerino, a forecaster at Telvent-DTN Weather.

The eastern Midwest regions are forecast to receive showers on Monday and Tuesday, after which it will turn dry on Wednesday with near to above normal temperatures.

Palmerino forecast "generally favorable conditions for pollinating corn and developing soybeans except in areas of localized flooding."

"There is no significant hot, dry weather expected to impact pollinating corn during the next 10 days."

Most of the U.S. corn crop is already pollinating, which is earlier than normal and increases the chances that corn will go through its key yield determining phase before the hottest days of summer.

The heavy rains in the western belt have caused crops to deteriorate, triggering a cut in yield projections by some grain analysts.

The Department of Agriculture in its July demand/supply report on Friday forecast corn ending stocks in the 2010/11 season at 1.373 billion bushels, compared with an average trade estimate for 1.301 billion and below its June estimate of 1.573 billion bushels.

The weather is expected to be favorable for spring wheat in northern plains with a mix of light rain and dry conditions, the forecaster said.

Palmerino expects favorable weather for the heading and filling crop with no severe heat and generally adequate moisture.

USDA estimated U.S. spring wheat production at 606.8 million bushels, which would be the third-largest crop on record and well above an average trade estimate of 566 million bushels and 2009 production of 584 million bushels.

(Reporting by Naveen Thukral, Editing by Himani Sarkar)