Mild, dry weather continued to promote earlier-than-normal winter crop development, though late-week showers boosted moisture supplies in key northern growing areas.
over northern and eastern Europe broke dormancy two to four
weeks ahead of average, and were now advancing through the
vegetative stage of development in mostly good condition.
Winter dryness had been a concern in France and parts of
Germany, though early-March rain coupled with this week’s
late-arriving scattered showers (2-20 mm) eased lingering
dryness concerns and improved soil moisture supplies for
Sunny, mild conditions (1-3°C above
normal) also promoted winter crop development in Poland and
the northern Balkans before light to moderate showers (2-15
mm) returned at the end of the period.
Meanwhile, a pair of
slow-moving storms triggered widespread showers across
One storm produced 5 to 50 mm of rain
(locally more) in southern Spain and southwestern France,
while the other brought moderate to heavy showers (10-60
mm) to the southern Danube River Valley.
In the former, the
moisture was beneficial for vegetative to heading winter grains
in Spain, though northern parts of the country (Castilla y León)
missed out and are in need of moisture.
In the lower Danube
River Valley, the rain maintained adequate to abundant
moisture supplies for wheat and rapeseed development.