EU summer crops show yields below the last five years

Published Sep 20, 2022

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Improved weather conditions came too late in the EU to benefit summer crops in any significant way. In some regions, hot and dry conditions continued well into the summer period, resulting in a further reduction in yield expectations, according to the EC Crop Status Report (MARS report).

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At EU level, yield forecasts for all summer crops addressed are now below the average of the last 5 years, as can be seen in the attached table. The case of rice should be highlighted, which is a crop that is particularly vulnerable to water stress. The EU-wide rice yield forecast is 21% lower than the five-year average. In Italy, the rain brought some relief in the northeastern regions, but the central and northwestern regions continued to suffer from low soil moisture and reduced availability of water for irrigation. In the Benelux countries, western Germany and Croatia, dry conditions continued until the first days of September and had a negative impact on grain maize, green maize, sugar beet and potatoes. In Hungary and Romania, two consecutive heat waves negatively affected already weakened summer crops. By region, the situation is as follows: In Spain, dry conditions are raising concerns for the coming season as soils are very dry and water reservoirs will need much more ...
Source: Agrodigital
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