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Dry conditions in large parts of central Europe presented farmers with the dilemma of whether to sow into the dry soil or delay the sowing of winter crops. Both decisions often resulted in under-developed and gappy crop stands, or no emergence at all.
Nov 27 2018

According to the November issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, published yesterday, large parts of central Europe still experience dry soil conditions. Strong rainfall deficits hampered field preparations and sowing operations, with consequences on plant emergence and early crop development.

The sowing window for rapeseed is now closed. Germany, eastern Poland and northern Czechia are expected to experience significant reduction in rapeseed area.

Soft wheat can still be (re)sown in some countries, albeit not optimally.

Extreme weather events can seriously impact crop yields
Oct 18 2018

A JRC article published in Scientific Reports today assesses the quality of wheat forecasts during years with extremely low or high yields, and calls for improvements based on near real-time data fusion.

Yield expectations for spring cereals in Kazakhstan remain slightly above the five-year average despite adverse weather conditions in several areasarts of the country.
Yield expectations for spring cereals in Kazakhstan remain slightly above the five-year average despite adverse weather conditions in several areas
Oct 16 2018

The Kazakhstan and Russia issues of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series were published today.

According to the Bulletin on Kazakhstan, lower-than-usual temperatures and above-average rainfall in northern and eastern parts of the country affected the yields of spring cereals.

More favourable weather came too late to significantly improve the yield outlook of drought affected maize crops in central and northern Europe.
More favourable weather came too late to significantly improve the yield outlook of drought affected maize crops in central and northern Europe.
Sep 17 2018

According to the September issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, which was published today, yield forecasts for spring and summer crops have once again been revised slightly downwards at the EU level.

The outlook for sunflowers and grain maize remains above the five-year average.

Drought conditions persisted in central and eastern Germany and western Poland during August and September.

Maize yields in Turkey and Ukraine are forecast above the five-year average
Maize yields in Turkey and Ukraine are forecast above the five-year average
Sep 12 2018

The Ukraine and Turkey issues of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series were published today.

Non-irrigated maize crops in the most affected regions started to wilt before significant cob development.
Aug 27 2018

According to the August issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin (JRC MARS Bulletin Vol 26 No 08), which was published today, yield forecasts for cereals at the EU level were revised downwards for the fourth month in a row. Overall, the yield forecast for grain maize is still above the five-year average due to good performance in south-eastern Europe.

Pastures in large parts of northern Europe are under serious pressure from dry and hot weather conditions.
Pastures in large parts of northern Europe are under serious pressure from dry and hot weather conditions.
Aug 09 2018

The JRC has prepared an update on pasture conditions in Europe, with a particular focus on regions in central and northern EU countries that have experienced exceptionally dry conditions.

The analysis is based on satellite imagery using observations up to 31 July 2018, and compares the results for 2018 with those of the past, since 1999 (the first year of the observations).

ASAP hotspot assessment of 06.08.2018
ASAP hotspot assessment of 06.08.2018
Aug 06 2018

The July edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) global overview assessment shows evidence of a drop in cereal production in several countries in the Middle East and Central Asia due to dry conditions.

The harvest in Southern Africa was completed in July. This region also experienced a mixed crop season, with production problems mainly caused by a prolonged early season dry spell. A special alert provides full details.

Farmers in large parts of Europe are facing exceptionally warm and dry conditions this year
Farmers in large parts of Europe are facing exceptionally warm and dry conditions this year
Aug 03 2018

The European Commission is supporting European farmers in the face of the current extreme drought situations by enabling higher advanced payments and granting more flexibility for farmers to use land that would normally not be used for production, in order to feed their animals, in addition to support under the existing Common Agricultural Policy legislation.

Winter crops and spring cereals in many parts of central and northern Europe were affected by exceptionally dry and warm conditions.
Jul 23 2018

The July issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe was published today, alongside the Northern Africa issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series.

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