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Well-advanced winter crops would now welcome rain


14/04/2014

The latest MARS Crop Monitoring in Europe Bulletin, published today, finds that the exceptionally mild spring conditions throughout Europe advanced winter cereal development, and that prospects are generally good.

The trend of above-average temperatures that prevailed over most European regions since the beginning of winter continued, and these conditions determined a significant advance in the development of winter crops. Weather conditions were generally favourable for spring sowing and other field operations.

Nevertheless, rain scarcity in some parts of western Europe and large parts of central and eastern Europe is an emerging concern. Most of these areas are currently not experiencing any water shortage, but such shortages are likely to occur if the dry period continues. In Poland, the Baltic countries, Romania and Bulgaria, the positive thermal anomalies are improving biomass accumulation, and water supply is not constrained.

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