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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, 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.

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

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.

May 22 2018

According to the May issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, 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.

Apr 16 2018

According to the April issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, in many parts of Europe, unfavourable weather conditions caused delays to the sowing of spring and summer crops. In most cases, there is still time to complete sowing within a suitable window without significant impact on yields.

Apr 05 2018

The Short-term outlook for EU agricultural markets in 2018 and 2019, which presents the outlook for 2018-2019 for arable crops and meat and dairy markets in the EU, was published by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture today.

The report shows that EU cereal production is making a recovery, increasing by 10mt from 2016 to 2017. Oilseed production is expected to increase. Rapeseed is expected to increase by 9% over 2016-2017 levels.

Mar 28 2018

The latest edition of the monthly Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) Global Overview, which reports on agricultural production of hotspot countries in Southern, East, North and West Africa, the Middle East, Central and South-east Asia, and Central America and the Caribbean, has been published today.

Winter crops in agricultural areas which experienced severe frosts during the cold spell were mostly protected by a thick snow cover.
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Mar 20 2018

According to the March issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published yesterday, weather conditions have generally been adequate for the wintering and early establishment of winter cereals, despite the unusual weather conditions experienced in large parts of Europe.

Winter conditions so far have not presented a threat to winter cereals
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Feb 19 2018

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, the low-temperature acclimatisation of winter cereals remains weak in large parts of Europe as a consequence of the predominantly mild conditions.

Unusually mild weather conditions in Hungary locally caused the flowering of rapeseed crops at the beginning of January.
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Jan 22 2018

According to the January issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, the low-temperature acclimatisation of winter wheat remains delayed and weaker than usual in large regions of western, southern and central Europe because of the mild temperatures experienced so far.

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