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This season, the yield outlook for grain maize is particularly positive in France, Germany and Poland
Sep 20 2021

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

Maize crops in western and north-central Europe benefited from mild temperatures and adequate (rain)water supply.
Aug 23 2021

According to the August issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, published today, weather conditions in the EU and the associated impacts on yield expectations were quite contrasting during the period of review (1 July to 15 August).

However, changes to crop yield forecasts are very limited at the EU level.

The yield forecast for winter wheat in Russia is slightly below the 5-year average
Jun 28 2021

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

May 25 2021

The May issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe - was published today, alongside the May edition of the Bulletin on Turkey, in the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series.

East Africa Agriculture Warning Explorer
Apr 12 2021

The East Africa Agriculture Warning Explorer is based on near-real-time Earth observation and weather information and provides automatic ten-day drought conditions warnings for crops and rangelands at the provincial level.

This information and the indicators used are made available as maps and time series statistics in an interactive GIS environment to agricultural and food security analysts.

Winter wheat benefited from warm and sunny conditions in late February
Mar 15 2021

According to the March issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, which was published today, after a winter full of sharply contrasting events, winter crops started spring in fairly good condition.

Frost damage to winter crops is expected to have been limited in the EU thanks to the insulating effects of the snow that covered most of the affected areas.
Feb 22 2021

The February issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe - was published today, alongside the February edition of the Bulletin on North Africa, in the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series.

Exceptionally low temperatures in several EU regions

According to the crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe, the weather in Europe has been marked by three cold spells this year.

Favourable weather conditions since mid-October allowed the sowing of winter cereals to catch up
Nov 23 2020

According to the November issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe – which was published today, favourable weather conditions since mid-October allowed the sowing of winter cereals to catch up in most of Europe.

However, sowing activities remain behind in eastern Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

Favourable conditions arrived too late for rapeseed sowing in several of the main producing countries, and – at EU level - the area sown is expected to be below last year’s level and the 5-year average.

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.

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