According to the October issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe – which was published yesterday, warm and dry summer weather followed by a period of abundant, but sometimes excessive rainfall since the end of September, hampered field work in large parts of Europe.
These wet conditions at the end of September and October caused delays to the harvesting of summer crops as well as to sowing activities in western and southwestern France, the Benelux, southern Poland, eastern Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. For winter rapeseed, the sowing window has come to an end. For winter cereals, timely completion of the sowing campaign is still possible in the coming weeks.
At EU level, the yield forecasts for all summer crops were revised downwards, mostly based on a reanalysis of data since the start of the season.
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- Publication date
- 27 October 2020