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News article21 January 2019

Continued mild winter

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Frost tolerance of winter cereals in Europe has improved in central and eastern Europe but remains weak in western and southern Europe.
© Adobe Stock, by Janis Smits

According to the January 2019 issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, which was published today, winter crops in western and southern Europe have acquired little frost tolerance due to mild winter temperatures so far.

Meanwhile, in central and eastern Europe, the frost tolerance of winter cereals has increased considerably since mid-December, following the arrival of colder wintry weather conditions.

Since the start of winter, frost damage in the EU has been mostly limited to minor occurrences.

In the coming days, the frost tolerance of winter cereals is expected to further increase in central, northern and eastern parts of Europe. No additional frost-kill damage is expected during the forecast period (until 22 January).

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21 January 2019