Higher temperatures boost grass growth across Europe

Published 24 May 18

Data from the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre indicates higher than usual temperatures are boosting pasture growth in several of Europe’s important milk producing countries.

In northern Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, grass growth rates are progressively recovering after a colder than usual period in February and March, which delayed pasture regrowth after winter. Mild temperatures since mid-April have accelerated leaf area formation, but biomass production is still below average for the year. Soil moisture is reported as adequate, and if mild conditions persist, growing conditions are expected to be positive towards the end of May.

EU pasture growth 2018 

In the UK and Ireland, temperatures have been close to seasonal normal values since April and the soil moisture is adequate thanks to sufficient rain in the spring. As a result, biomass production in the main grassland areas is close to the long term average (LTA).

The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.