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

ASAP hotspot assessment of 02/07/2018
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Jul 04 2018

The June edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment, which was published yesterday, reports that several countries in the Middle East and Central Asia are suffering from dry conditions. Below average crop production is expected in large parts of Southern Africa, while exceptional rainfall and storms have caused floods in Eastern Africa. The crop outlook is good for much of North Africa, Central America and South-East Asia.

 

Main findings of the June overview

High temperatures and scarce precipitation has negatively affected the yield formation of winter cereals in southern Russia
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Jun 25 2018

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

In Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, below-optimal water supply and high temperatures caused early ripening of winter cereals, with negative effects on yields
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Jun 18 2018

The June issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe was published today, alongside Ukraine edition of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series.

According to the crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe (Vol. 26 No 6), yield forecasts for all winter crops, grain maize, and sunflowers were revised downwards at the EU level, mainly as a consequence of unusually warm and dry conditions in central, eastern and northern Europe. A noteworthy upward revision was made for Spain.

ASAP hotspot assessment of 01/06/2018
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Jun 08 2018

The May edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment, which was published on Monday, highlights agricultural production hotspots in East Africa due to heavy rainfall, in the Middle East due to failed sowing activities and high temperatures, and in Southern Africa due to a major early season dry spell.

Main findings of the May overview

The new Commission proposal seeks to modernise and simplify the CAP
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Jun 01 2018

The European Commission has today launched a proposal on how to modernise and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), one of the core policies of the EU.

In several parts of Europe, exceptionally warm and drier-than-usual April conditions negatively affected flowering rapeseed stands.
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May 22 2018

According to the May issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin (JRC MARS Bulletin Vol. 26 No 5), which was published today, warm and relatively dry weather in most of Europe boosted crop development and allowed spring sowing to accelerate, but also brought challenges to winter crops, especially rapeseed.

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