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The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring bulletins for Europe and the European neighbourhood (part of the global outlook 2017 series covering North Africa and, for the first time, Turkey and Ukraine) were published yesterday, 27 March 2017.
The JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin reports that the crop season has gotten off to a promising start in Europe, thanks to exceptionally mild temperatures in late February and early March. Winter crops are generally in good shape despite cold conditions in much of central and eastern Europe until mid-February.
JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook 2017– Crop monitoring European neighbourhood
For North Africa, the outlook is predominantly positive and the yield forecast is substantially above average for Morocco and moderately positive for Tunisia and Algeria.
In Turkey, after a very cold January and early February, temperatures rose significantly, accelerating the dehardening of crops. Rain would be welcomed, given the fact that there was a lack of precipitation during winter.
The winter season in Ukraine got off to a cold start. Late-sown winter barley was affected by frost-kill damage, but winter wheat plantlets were generally well-hardened and protected by snow cover when the coldest temperatures arrived. Above-average warm conditions since the end of February were beneficial to accelerated regrowth.