The Commission is publishing today its short-term market outlook for arable crop, meat and dairy markets in the EU.
The report highlights that increasing autumn sowings could help relieving market tightness in the EU. Autumn sowings increased overall for cereals and oilseeds and weather conditions remain favourable, creating expectations for a slight relief in the marketing year 2013/14.
High feed costs still weigh on the recovery of meat markets. Aggregate meat production is expected to contract slightly in 2013 to 43.5 million tonnes, before recovering the following year.
Milk production estimates for 2012 and projections for 2013 show a continued, albeit slow, growth and reflect the impact of climatic conditions, which heavily affected coarse grain production in 2012 and led to a sharp increase in feed costs.
The short term market outlook includes information and data available until 20 February 2013. The report, published three times a year, is based on analyses of market experts within the European Commission's Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development.