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Autumn sowing campaign close to conclusion

Weather conditions in most parts of Europe allowed for the timely sowing of winter cereals.
Nov 22 2021

According to the November issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, which was published today, continued fair autumn weather in most parts of Europe provided good conditions for farmers to progress with the sowing of winter crops, as well as for the emergence and early development of seedlings.

However, a rain deficit in central and eastern Europe raises some concern.

In most regions, weather conditions were also favourable for the harvesting of summer crops, and for catching up on delays reported in October.

Rapeseed stands in good condition for entering the winter period

Rapeseed sowing was concluded within the optimal time window and under generally favourable conditions in the main producing regions, with the exception of Romania, where the sowing campaign was prolonged due to dry conditions.

In most regions, adequate temperatures and soil moisture sustained emergence and early development of rapeseed seedlings, and the plants are in good condition for entering the winter period.

Rain deficit in central and eastern Europe raises some concern for winter cereals

The sowing campaign for winter cereals has been completed on time in most of central and northern Europe, and is currently progressing well in the south.

In most of these regions, weather conditions have been favourable for emergence and early development.

However, dry conditions in Czechia, Slovakia, southern Ukraine and northern Romania resulted in delays in winter wheat sowing and crop emergence.

High rainfall levels in central and southern Italy and large parts of the Balkan region did not impact the sowing of winter crops, with the exception of Croatia, where a moderate delay in emergence is observed.

Further information

JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe - November 2021 - Vol. 29 No 11

JRC MARS (Monitoring Agricultural Resources) Bulletins

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