Title: JRC MARS Bulletin - Vol. 28 No 5, Crop monitoring in Europe - May 2020: Reduced yield expectations at EU level
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 IRENE
Editors: VAN DEN BERG MAURITS
BARUTH BETTINA
VAN DER VELDE MARIJN
NIEMEYER STEFAN
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2020
JRC N°: JRC120739
ISSN: 2443-8278 (online),2443-826X (print)
Other Identifiers: OP KJ-AW-20-005-EN-N (online),KJ-AW-20-005-EN-C (print)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC120739
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: According to this May issue of the crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe, the yield forecasts for almost all crops were revised downwards at the EU level, and most markedly for rapeseed, winter barley and winter wheat. In the case of spring barley, an upward revision of the yield forecast in Spain counterbalanced the downward revision in other countries. As the summer crop season has just started, most of the country-level yield forecasts for summer crops are still based on historical trends or average values. In much of western, central and eastern Europe, weather conditions were similar to those reported in the April Bulletin: predominantly above-average temperatures, high radiation levels, and insufficient precipitation to replenish soil moisture levels for the growth of winter and early-sown spring crops. Little or no rain is forecast for the coming days in most of these regions, where winter cereals are approaching the sensitive flowering stage. In the case of rapeseed, the conditions of water stress already experienced partially coincided with the flowering and/or early grain filling stage. In eastern Romania and western Ukraine, crops are stunted and present signs of wilting and early leaf senescence. Rainfall since the end of April facilitated the sowing and emergence of late-planted spring crops and summer crops in these regions, alleviating the difficulties caused by very dry top soils (as mentioned in the April issue of the Bulletin). However, many emerging crops present uneven or patchy stands due to the previous dry conditions, and will require more rainfall to adequately sustain growth. In contrast, a favourable rainfall surplus was observed in western and eastern Mediterranean countries. Favourable weather conditions also prevailed in northern Europe and the Atlantic region. Rainfall in the Maghreb region occurred too late in the season to be beneficial for winter crops.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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