MARS: Sowing of winter cereals in the EU usually completed on time

The good weather conditions last month helped ensure that winter crops were planted on time in most of Europe, but the good weather came too late for rapeseed. This was announced yesterday by the European Union's harvest monitoring service MARS.
Frequent rains in October had slowed the progress of sowing in large parts of western, central and south-eastern Europe, but drier conditions in November then brought better sowing conditions again in the Benelux countries, France, Germany, Poland, Slovenia and Croatia.
However, the abundant rainfall in the east of the Czech Republic and Slovakia further delayed the sowing of winter crops, so that the situation for areas already cultivated deteriorated further.
Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria also had significant delays in field work due to heavy rainfall in early October, but the drier weather in early November and the forecast for the coming days could help the sowing be completed soon.
Analysts assume that the areas tilled with common wheat in the EU and Great Britain for the 2021 harvest will recover from last year's rain-impaired sowing.
The favorable weather conditions in November also made it possible to catch up on summer crop harvests in most of the regions that reported delays in October, MARS said.
However, rapeseed sowing has been hampered by dry soils and excessive rainfall in several of the main producing countries, and at EU level the area under cultivation is likely to be below the previous year's level and the five-year average.
"The smaller acreage - particularly in France and the UK - is explained by the risk of farmers who have lost interest in rapeseed due to the difficulties and disappointing yields in recent years".

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