We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
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.
Mild start of winter
Poor emergence of winter cereals on dry soils
Yield forecast for all cereals slightly above average
Water deficit reduced yields
Weather improvements too late for crops
Favourable summer conditions
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)