In Europe, 2020 Peach and nectarine yields are expected to decline by 15%, compared to 2019. The main stone fruit growing countries in the EU expect 3.4 million tons of these fruits. This expected decline is due to the unfavorable spring weather conditions. There's also a continued decrease in planted acreage. According to the forecast, the planted area should fall to 216,550 ha this year.
With more than 58,000 million Euro per year, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is undoubtedly the largest fund administered by the European Union, accounting for 39% of the latest budget. "Agricultural Policy is very expensive, but at the same time, I think we should explain to our people that this budget is not only for 10 million agricultural producers, but for 450 million people."
"We have worked pretty well with garlic so far, and now the whole of Europe is waiting for the produce to become available to check on quality after the intermittent rain of the past few weeks," explains Antonio Tuccillo, administrator of Agrimpex Farming. Harvesting operations in southern Italy ran smoothly.
The impact of global warming on the Iberian Peninsula is undeniable. According to different studies, by the end of the century, the proportion of warm days is expected to increase by up to 50%, especially in the inland and east of the country, and in the short term, average sea levels will rise by between 17 and 25 centimeters.
Researchers say the economic costs of a deadly pathogen affecting olive trees in Europe could run to over €20 billion. They've modelled the future worst impacts of the Xylella fastidiosa pathogen which has killed swathes of trees in Italy. Spread by insects, the bacterium now poses a potential threat to olive plantations in Spain and Greece.
European Union crop monitoring service MARS on Monday forecast that the average soft wheat yields in the EU, including Britain, would fall 2.1% from last year, mainly owing to excessive rain in western Europe offsetting good crop weather elsewhere. In its first yield forecast for 2020, MARS projected EU soft wheat yields at 5.88 tonnes per hectares (t/ha) this year, down from 6.01 t/ha in 2019. That would still be 1.9% above the five-year average.
Large portions of North Africa are experiencing hot and dry conditions that are threatening the region’s durum crop. “It’s something to look out for,” said MarketsFarm analyst Bruce Burnett. It has been dry through most of North Africa’s rainy period with below-average precipitation in every month from November through February.
The European association Coceral revised its 2020/21 cereal production estimates from initial forecasts last month in a report released yesterday. The likelihood of an increased spring barley area in the UK this season has bumped up the Coceral EU-28 barley production forecast, which is now estimated at 61.8Mt, up 1Mt on forecasts published last month.
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