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Europe Mars Bulletins

24 August 2015

Europe Mars Bulletins - 24 August 2015Europe Mars Bulletins - 24 August 2015

Supplied by: MARS BULLETIN – EC - JRC

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. The yield outlook for winter cereals is slightly improved thanks to favourable weather conditions in northern parts of Europe. Overall, the yield forecast for total cereals dropped to almost 10% below last year’s level, and to 1% below the five-year average.

Large areas of Europe have been negatively impacted by high temperatures and dry conditions, hitting summer crops during their most critical grain-filling stage. In southern Spain, the already weak development of summer crops has been further impacted by very high temperatures. In Italy, grain yield expectations were further reduced due to the latest heat wave at the beginning of August. Record temperatures and critically low soil moisture levels led to critical situations in eastern France and southern Germany. Another area of concern is the status of summer crops in Poland which have been affected by the hot and dry conditions. The combined effect of persistently high temperatures since midAugust and the absence of relevant precipitation also impacted the grain formation of maize in the Czech Republic, northern Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. However, recent rain led to a partial recovery of crop conditions in those countries.



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