May 2018 CropWatch Bulletin is based mainly on current remote sensing inputs in addition to detailed and spatially accurate reference data about crops and their management. The scope is global and comprehensive. 11 countries were added to improve the focus on Africa and Asia. Focusing on the months of January to April 2018, chapters cover global, national, and regional-level agroclimatic conditions and the condition of crops that were growing or harvested during this time. Pests and diseases for winter wheat in north hemisphere was newly included. For China, the bulletin presents China crop production, crop conditions for each of seven key agro-ecological zones, regional impacts of pests and diseases as well as trade prospects (import/export) of major crops. The focus section reports on food production estimates, recent disaster events with an impact on agriculture, the perspectives in Mediterranean Agriculture, and the possibility of an El Niño event.
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