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Europe Mars Bulletins

28 April 2015

Europe Mars Bulletins - 28 April 2015Europe Mars Bulletins - 28 April 2015

Supplied by: MARS BULLETIN – EC - JRC

Continued positive outlook

Warmer-than-usual conditions prevailed almost everywhere in Europe during the period of review (1 March – 20 April), especially over north-eastern Europe, where temperatures were more than 2°C above the longterm average. Drier-than-usual conditions prevailed over large areas in central and western Europe, and most markedly (with precipitation less than 50% of the longterm average) in northern Portugal, north-western France, southern England and Hungary.

Large areas of the Balkans, southern Spain, Ukraine and central-western Turkey were much wetter than usual. In most regions, the weather conditions have been favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowings. Soil moisture contents are still satisfactory in the regions with rain deficits, but more rain would be welcomed now, especially in Portugal. Excessive rainfall from winter to early March in southern Bulgaria, northern Greece and the European regions of Turkey led to overly wet soil conditions which caused delays to the sowing of spring and summer crops.

Overall, the yield outlook is positive - close to, or somewhat above, the long-term average.




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