|Unfavourable prospects for current crops||Food supply shortfall in current marketing year requiring exceptional assistance||Unfavourable crop prospects and food supply shortfall|
EUROPE: Winter wheat plantings have fallen marginally in the EU but crop conditions remain generally satisfactory. Among the central and eastern European countries the prospects for the winter grains are mixed. The outlook is least favourable in the northern countries. Prospects in Hungary and the Balkan countries to the south are generally satisfactory. In the European CIS severely cold weather conditions and inadequate snow cover have compromised larger than average areas under winter cereals.