The state of winter crops in the EU is currently generally assessed as satisfactory, despite the frost observed in February this year. In particular, according to the MARS experts, this month the air temperature began to rise, which led to the melting of the snow cover and an increase in the level of soil moisture.
As specified, in France in key regions producing winter crops, the amount of precipitation is 30-50% higher than the norm. At the same time, frosts were observed in the first half of February, which were replaced by an increase in air temperatures and a lack of precipitation. However, it is predicted that changing weather conditions will not have a negative impact on winter crops.
Freezing temperatures were also reported in Germany in February, but the snow cover was able to protect crops from negative impacts, and a further increase in air temperature led to snow melting and an increase in soil moisture levels. According to experts, winter crops are in satisfactory condition.
Analysts record a similar state of winter crops in other key grain and oilseed producing countries in the EU.
In general, the yield of soft wheat in the EU this year is projected at 5.89 t / ha, which is 3.3% higher than last season (5.7 t / ha), while an increase in this indicator is expected in France up to 7.15 (6.82) t / ha, Romania – up to 4.81 (2.99) t / ha, Germany – up to 7.88 (7.86) t / ha.
The yield of winter barley is projected at 5.88 t / ha against 5.38 t / ha in 2020, rapeseed – 3.26 t / ha compared to 3.12 t / ha a year earlier.