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Growing season for agricultural crops

Description

  • The thermal growing season of a number of agricultural crops in Europe has lengthened by 11.4 days on average from 1992 to 2008. The delay in the end of the growing season was more pronounced than the advance of its start.
  • The growing season is projected to increase further throughout most of Europe due to earlier onset of growth in spring and later senescence in autumn.
  • The projected lengthening of the thermal growing season would allow a northward expansion of warm-season crops to areas that were not previously suitable.

Reference information

Websites:
Source:
EEA - Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012 report

Keywords

CLIM030, agriculture, crop, growing season

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Water Scarcity

Elements

Observations and Scenarios

Sectors

Agriculture

Geographic characterization

Europe

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