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Europe Mars Bulletins

26 March 2014

MARS Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 03 (2014) (Crop monitoring in Europe)MARS Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 03 (2014) (Crop monitoring in Europe)

Supplied by: MARS BULLETIN – EC - JRC

Continued mild conditions across Europe

Thanks to continued warmer-than-usual weather conditions, frost kill in Europe has been very limited this winter. Apart from being exceptionally mild, the winter was very wet in several regions of Europe such as northern Italy, major parts of the British Isles and southeastern France, but a dry period since the beginning of March improved the situation.

By contrast, the Czech Republic, southeastern Germany, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Turkey experienced one of the driest winter seasons on record. These regions will now need some rain to ensure that soil moisture levels are not depleted too quickly as the water requirements of winter crops increase, and to ensure the emergence of spring crops.

Crops are advanced in western and central Europe as the mild weather continued in March, and prospects for the new season are generally promising. At this stage of the season the forecasts are based on trend or average values.

March 2014


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