Winter cereal crops across the European continent should remain free of frost damage in the week ahead as they are sufficiently strong to cope with forecast temperatures, the European Union’s crop-monitoring unit said on Monday.
No winterkill is estimated to have occurred so far and this situation is likely to continue until at least Dec. 23, the MARS unit said in a monthly crop report.
“Considering the 10 days weather forecast until Dec. 23, the winter cereals will complete hardening in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and frost tolerance will increase significantly in the eastern regions of Poland and the Baltic countries,” it said.
Hardening of cereal crops was also well advanced in southern Germany, the southwestern half of the Czech Republic, and northern Europe, while crops were partially hardened against freezing weather in a swathe going from the British Isles and Spain to the Black Sea, it said.
Wheat is the main winter cereal grown in Europe, followed by barley. Below-average temperatures are projected this week in southern Russia and Turkey, with levels 8 degrees Celsius under the norm, but this was not expected to damage crops.
Grain crops in Russia and Ukraine have recovered from a delayed start to sowing due to heavy rain, with mild weather in October and November letting farmers catch up.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/european-unions-maize-harvest-was-forecast-to-reach-64-8-million-tonnes)