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Harvesting of spring wheat is still going on in some parts of Russia.
Oct 19 2020

Two editions of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series were published today, on Russia and Kazakhstan.

Reasonable yields expected in Russia

After a successful wintering, frost and a spring rainfall deficit negatively affected the growth of winter cereals in the southern and some western regions of European Russia.

Continued hot and dry conditions in eastern Romania and eastern Bulgaria further deteriorated the outlook for maize yields.
Sep 14 2020

The September issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe - was published today, alongside two editions of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series, on Turkey and Ukraine.

Yield forecasts for EU summer crops revised further downwards

According to the crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe, at EU level, the yield forecasts for all summer crops were revised downwards, most markedly for Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. Overall, the EU-level yield forecast for summer crops is now close to the 5-year average.

Maize crops in France, eastern Romania and eastern Bulgaria were negatively impacted by hot and dry conditions.
Aug 24 2020

According to the August issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, which was published today, the yield forecasts for almost all summer crops in the EU were revised downwards from the July forecast, but remain above or near the 5-year average.

Compared to the figures reported in July, the main downward revisions occurred for summer crops in France, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, the Benelux countries and Poland.

The yield outlook for winter cereals is still below the 5-year average.
Jul 27 2020

The July issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe – which was published today, reports that the recent near-average weather conditions, with well-distributed rainfall and relatively few hot spells, have been favourable to crops in many parts of Europe.

However, extreme weather events in much of central Europe, south-western Finland and southern Russia had significant negative impacts, mostly on winter crops.

The yield forecast for winter wheat in Russia exceeds the 5-year average
Jun 29 2020

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

The Bulletin on Russia reports that extremely mild temperatures and mostly sufficient precipitation led to the successful overwintering of crops.

While conditions for winter crops were excellent in early spring, severe frost events in April and dry weather conditions during March and April negatively affected winter cereals in south-western regions.

The yield outlook for winter cereals is below the 5-year average.
Jun 16 2020

The June issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe - was published yesterday, alongside two editions of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series, on North Africa and Ukraine.

Yield forecasts for winter cereals are now below the 5-year average at EU level.
May 18 2020
The May issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe - was published today, alongside the Turkey edition of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series.
In many parts of Europe, dry top soils hampered spring sowing activities and the emergence of new crops.
Apr 27 2020

According to the April 2020 issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, which was published today, western Europe experienced one of the driest starts to spring since 1979, after an exceptionally wet winter. Large parts of Poland, Ukraine and Romania have also faced dry conditions since the end of winter.

Winter crops in most of these regions are still in good condition, but more rain is needed to sustain a positive yield outlook. However, the very dry upper soil layers are having a negative impact on the sowing and emergence of spring and summer crops.

MARS bulletin - Warmest meteorological winter on record in much of Europe.
Warmest meteorological winter on record in much of Europe.
Mar 23 2020
Mild winter is promoting early spring re-growth, with potential yield benefits in central, eastern and northern Europe. Rainfall needed in southern Europe.
ASAP hotspot assessment of 03/02/2020
Feb 04 2020

The January edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment is now available at:

Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment

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