Weather is never certain, but heading into the 2017 planting season weather experts see the potential for a quiet year.

"At this point in the year, it looks as if there will not be a big impediment to crop production approaching trend line yields," says Bryce Anderson, senior agriculture meteorologist for DTN.

The drought in the southeastern U.S. is easing, and Pacific Ocean temperatures are basically neutral and may move into El Niño levels by late spring, according to Anderson.

Anderson does see the possibility of delays in planting in the western Corn Belt due to extremely moist soils and the prospect of spring rains making the soil too wet to till, but he does not expect that to...