Title: JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe - Vol. 28 No. 4, April 2020: Winter crops in good condition, despite lack of rain
Authors: BARUTH BETTINABASSU SIMONABUSSAY ATTILACEGLAR ANDREJCERRANI IACOPOCHEMIN YANNDE PALMA PIERLUCAFUMAGALLI DAVIDELECERF REMIMANFRON GIACINTONISINI SCACCHIAFICHI LUIGIPANARELLO LORENZORONCHETTI GIULIASEGUINI LORENZOTORETI ANDREAVAN DEN BERG MAURITSVAN DER VELDE MARIJNZAJAC ZUZANNAZUCCHINI ANTONIOBIAVETTI IRENEMULHERN GRAINNE
Editors: VAN DEN BERG MAURITS
BARUTH BETTINA
NIEMEYER STEFAN
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2020
JRC N°: JRC120738
ISSN: 2443-8278 (online),2443-826X (print)
Other Identifiers: OP KJ-AW-20-004-EN-N (online),KJ-AW-20-004-EN-C (print)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC120738
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: According to the April 2020 issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, western Europe experienced one of the driest starts to spring since 1979, after an exceptionally wet winter. Large parts of Poland, Ukraine and Romania have also faced dry conditions since the end of winter. Winter crops in most of these regions are still in good condition, but more rain is needed to sustain a positive yield outlook. However, the very dry upper soil layers are having a negative impact on the sowing and emergence of spring and summer crops. Cold spells at the end of March and beginning of April challenged sowing and emergence in much of central and south-eastern Europe. A marked rainfall surplus was welcomed in the Iberian Peninsula, Greece, Cyprus and south-eastern Turkey. While labour availability remains a key concern, we have found no evidence that COVID-19 has had any major impact on the sowing of spring and summer crops. So far, the supply of seed, fertiliser and pesticides seems to be adequate and no immediate disruptions are expected. The yield forecast presented in this issue of the MARS bulletin are still mostly based on historical trends. It is acknowledged that they bear a large margin of uncertainty associated with the rain deficit currently faced in large parts of Europe. Increasingly accurate forecasts can be expected as the season unfolds.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
20201788_kjaw20004enn_pdf.pdf8.54 MBAdobe PDFView/Open


Items in repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.