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26 August 2014

MARS Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 8 (2014) (Crop monitoring in Europe)MARS Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 8 (2014) (Crop monitoring in Europe)

Supplied by: MARS BULLETIN – EC - JRC

Good yield despite difficult harvest, good prospects for maize

The overall forecasted EU-28 cereal yield for 2014 remains favourable, at the level of last year and above the last five years’ average (+6.1%). Yield prospects for grain maize are excellent at the moment, forecasts are 11 % above the level of last year and the last five year’s average.

Large parts of Europe, from France to south-western Romania, experienced exceptionally high rainfall levels. Although this led to a slowing down and interruption of harvesting activities, the negative impact on winter and spring cereals was limited, with severe problems only occurring locally.

Conditions for summer crops are good to excellent in most of Europe. Near-average temperatures and the humid weather have boosted the growth of summer crops, especially for maize. However, maize crop yields have been negatively impacted in Ukraine and Turkey, where persistent high temperatures were recorded at the end of the flowering period and the start of the grain-filling stages.

August 2014


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