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22 July 2014

MARS Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 7 (2014) (Crop monitoring in Europe)MARS Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 7 (2014) (Crop monitoring in Europe)

Supplied by: MARS BULLETIN – EC - JRC

Good EU-28 cereal yields and positive outlook for summer crops

The overall EU-28 cereal yield forecast for 2014 is favourable, at the level of last year and above the average of the past five years (by 4.4%). Aside from durum wheat and spring barley, all cereals are significantly above the five-year average and close to the good yield levels 2013.

While overall growth conditions continued to be favourable and yield outlooks are positive, there are a few regions of concern. The Baltic countries and Finland experienced a chilly period which significantly slowed down the grain-filling of winter and spring crops, negatively affecting final yields. In the Iberian Peninsula, the persistent rain deficit in the southern regions and in Castilla y Leon is starting to affect the vegetative growth of all summer crops, apart from those that are irrigated.

Frequent rain events, partially in the form of heavy thunderstorms, characterised the weather between mid-June and mid-July in France, Germany, Italy and on the eastern Adriatic coast. The plentiful rainfall of the first half of July replenished the soil moisture and provided beneficial conditions for summer crops, but also delayed and interrupted the harvesting of the first winter cereals.

July 2014


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