The April issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe was published today, alongside the northern Africa edition of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series.
According to the crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe, winter crops in most of Europe have benefited from the predominantly mild weather conditions, and show advanced development. Spring sowing is progressing well in most regions.
However, dry weather conditions persisted in central-eastern and south-eastern Europe. Winter crops in eastern Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece, which had already been weakened due to suboptimal conditions when they were sown, were further impacted by the persistent dry weather. Yield forecasts for these countries were revised downwards. Spring sowing was also affected in these regions.
Dry conditions also continued in central and northern Italy, Spain, and Portugal, particularly impacting crops in central Spain. The yield forecast for Spain was revised downward. Water levels in reservoirs are still below capacity, which could eventually limit irrigation of summer crops.
According to the MARS Bulletin global outlook – North Africa, which covers Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, the season started with a good supply of rain during autumn and the first vegetative phases, but this was followed by more dry conditions especially in Morocco, where conditions need to be closely monitored. Two regions (in north-eastern Morocco and central Tunisia) are clearly impacted by the drier conditions with negative consequences on barley production. A considerable rain surplus has been recorded in other parts of Tunisia and Algeria.
- Publication date
- 15 April 2019