Soil moisture update by VanderSat – Europe September 2021
September 8, 2021
ormal to wet soil moisture conditions in most parts of Western and North Central Europe .
- Western Europe was marked by severe rain in mid-July, which caused disastrous flooding, especially in Germany and Belgium. In August, the soil moisture conditions in most parts of western and north-central Europe were ‘normal to wet’. This has led to an improved yield outlook for summer crops in these countries. In Germany, Belgium and Netherlands, the harvest of winter crops has been hampered due to frequent rains, leading to a slight reduction in the yield forecast for winter cereals (source).
- In Spain the soil moisture conditions were relatively dry, but have not impacted the harvest in a major way. In Central Italy the soil moisture deficit remained relatively high, impacting the yield for sunflowers and soybeans (source).
- The cumulative rain forecast shows 10 to 40 millimeters of rain is expected in the next 10 days for the Western part of Europe, including Spain, France, Germany and Italy(source).