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MARS bulletins - crop monitoring in Europe

In 2019, the JRC MARS Bulletin will be published on the following dates: 21 January, 25 February, 18 March, 17 April, 20 May, 17 June, 22 July, 26 August, 16 September, 28 October, 25 November and 16 December.


The JRC is currently procuring new operational support services for the crop monitoring and yield forecasting activities.
The tender "MARSOP5 — Operational Services to sustain the Mars Crop Yield Forecasting System" is published in the Official Journal of the EU.

Deadline for application: 22 January 2019.

JRC MARS Bulletins

Mild start of winter

Poor emergence of winter cereals on dry soils

Dry weather favourable for harvesting

Yield forecast for all cereals slightly above average

Weather improvements too late for crops

Fair yield outlook despite challenging weather conditions

Yield forecasts revised further downwards (27/08/2018)

Pasture conditions in northern Europe impacted by water stress

Positive cereal campaign in most of the Maghreb

Winter crop yield forecasts further down (23/07/2018)

Fair outlook despite late start of spring cereals

Drought concerns for southern Russia

Yield forecasts revised downwards

Limited impact of dry weather so far

Warm April accelerates crop development (22/05/2018)

Early flowering of winter crops (08/05/2018)

Cold and wet conditions delay spring sowing (16/04/2018)

Fairly good outlook in Morocco and Tunisia - Rain needed in Algeria (26/03/2018)

Overall, a fair start to the season (19/03/2018)

Frost tolerance remains weak (19/02/2018)

Very mild winter so far (22/01/2018)

Hardening of winter cereals is delayed (18/12/2017)

Rainfall affects sowing in northern areas (27/11/2017)