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The CropWatch bulletin is published four times a year in English and Chinese. The bulletin presents the latest CropWatch forecast of global and national crop production and condition.
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August 2017 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 17, No. 3)

August 2017 CropWatch bulletin. The August 2017 CropWatch bulletin reports on agroclimatic conditions and the condition of crops that were growing or harvested between April and July this year. CropWatch analyses are done on various scales (particularly including 148 sub-national regions for 31key countries), with special attention paid to the major worldwide producers of maize, rice, wheat, and soybean. The bulletin also describes current crop condition and prospects in China-nationwide and by region-and presents an updated estimate for global and national production of crops to be harvested throughout 2017. The focus section highlights the dire situation in the Horn of Africa and presents an update on El Niño events.

May 2017 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 17, No. 2)

May 2017 CropWatch bulletin. This latest bulletin focuses on crops that were either growing or harvested between January and April 2017. The bulletin covers prevailing weather conditions, including extreme factors, as well as crop condition and size of cultivated areas, paying special attention to the major worldwide producers of maize, rice, wheat, and soybean. The bulletin also describes current crop condition and prospects in China and presents a first global production estimate for crops to be harvested throughout 2017.

February 2017 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 17, No. 1)

February 2017 CropWatch bulletin. The period from October 2016 to January 2017 is a relatively quiet period from an agricultural point of view. Nonetheless, this CropWatch bulletin presents updates on estimated 2016 wheat production in Argentina, Australia and Brazil. It also reports on recent disaster events, agriculture in East and Southeast Asia, and naturally on the condition of crops and other agroclimatic and agronomic indicators for China, globally important producers and exporters, and key regions important for agriculture.

November 2016 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 16, No. 4)

November 2016 CropWatch bulletin released. The November 2016 CropWatch bulletin presents the latest CropWatch production estimates for 2016, in addition to the usual updates on prevailing weather conditions, resulting crop condition, and size of cultivated areas, among others, focusing on crop growth from July until the end of October. The bulletin naturally includes detailed analyses for China as well as thirty major agricultural countries; for China, regional conditions and an update on pests and diseases, prices, and prospects for import and export are presented. The geographic focus in this bulletin on the Middle East.

August 2016 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 16, No. 3)

August 2016 CropWatch bulletin released. This most recent CropWatch bulletin focuses on crops that have already been harvested in 2016 as well as those that were growing between April and July, to be harvested later this year. The bulletin covers prevailing weather conditions, resulting crop condition, size of cultivated areas, and global food production, paying special attention to the thirty major agricultural countries and maize, rice, wheat, and soybean crops. For China, regional conditions and an update on pests and diseases are presented, along with new sections on trade prospects for major crops and an outlook for domestic crop prices. Other focus areas for this bulletin are the drought in Morocco and agriculture in Southwest Asia.

May 2016 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 16, No. 2)

May 2016 CropWatch bulletin released. This latest CropWatch bulletin presents the first global production estimates for 2016, combining information from remote sensing data with trend-based analysis. The bulletin further presents an update on the agroclimatic and crop condition for January-April 2016, focusing on crops that were either growing or harvested during this period and covering key global production areas and major worldwide producers and exporters of maize, rice, wheat, and soybean. For China, regional conditions and an update on pests and diseases are presented. The bulletin’s focus section highlights recent disaster events, agriculture in Central Asia, and the declining El Niño effect.

February 2016 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 16, No. 1)

February 2016 CropWatch bulletin released. The latest CropWatch bulletin assesses worldwide food production and other events of agricultural interest for the period October 2015 to January 2016. The bulletin as always relies on environmental and satellite-based agronomic indicators combined with other available agricultural data. A particular focus area for this bulletin is the Zambezi basin in Africa; the issue further describes other ongoing trends, a focus on Chinese domestic crop prices, disaster events, and El Niño.

November 2015 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 15, No. 4)

November 2015 CropWatch bulletin released. The latest CropWatch bulletin assesses worldwide food production and other events of agricultural interest for the period July-November 2015. The bulletin as always relies on environmental and satellite-based agronomic indicators combined with other available agricultural data. A particular focus area for this bulletin is production and trends in Europe; The issue further describes other ongoing trends, a production outlook for 2015, disaster events, and El Niño.

August 2015 CropWatch bulletin (Vol. 15, No. 3)

The current reporting period from April to July 2015 covers the harvest of winter crops and the growth of summer crops in the northern hemisphere, as well as the growth and harvest of winter crops in the southern hemisphere. After providing an overview of global agroclimatic conditions with some typical agronomic impacts in the major production zones (MPZs), the bulletin looks in detail at the major producers, including China, focusing on maize, rice, wheat, and soybeans. A particular focus area for this bulletin is production and trends in North America. The bulletin also includes a new section (4.2) on the impacts of pests and diseases on agriculture in China

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