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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.
According to the April issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe published today, conditions of winter cereals are good, but more rain is needed to sustain high yields.
Mild weather conditions have been very favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowing activities in almost all regions of Europe. More rain is needed in several important crop-production areas, however, to sustain good yields.
Moreover, a cold spell that set in at the end of the review period raises concerns for flowering rapeseed crops. Consequently, the yield forecasts have a high degree of uncertainty, and are mainly based on historical trends or average values.