BRUSSELS – May 23, 2022
Weather observed during the review period (1 April to 15 May) was marked by drier-than-usual conditions in most parts of Europe, with negative effects on soil water conditions.
The yield forecasts for winter crops were revised slightly downwards at EU level, but remain above the 5-year average.
So far negative impacts on crops have been mostly minor and reversible.
However, substantial rainfall in the coming weeks will be necessary to sustain the yield potential.
Regions where warm temperatures accelerated crop water use are most affected; notably central France, northern Bulgaria, southern and eastern Romania and western Ukraine.
In Spain, central agricultural areas are affected by high temperatures, causing rapid depletion of soil moisture with negative impacts on winter cereals and spring barley.