JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
The European Commission's in-house science service
Improved weather conditions for winter crops
Temperatures from the end of October until mid-November were well above average across most of Europe, and the highest in our records (since 1975) for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.
Difficult start for winter crops in Eastern and Northern Europe
Yield forecasts for summer crops at EU-28 level remain low and are comparable to last month’s forecast. September was warmer than usual in northern, eastern and south-eastern Europe and colder than usual in western Europe.
Yield forecasts for summer crops at the EU-28 level remain low and are comparable to last month’s forecast. Slight upward revisions are due partly to improved weather conditions in western Europe, and partly to the expected diversion of the most affected grain maize crops to green maize.
Yield forecasts for spring and summer crops at the EU-28 level have been revised downwards for the second consecutive bulletin due to continued hot and mostly dry conditions in large parts of Europe. Maize and sunflower crops were particularly affected.
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