Welcome to WikiMCYFS

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Welcome to the Mars Crop Yield Forecasting System wiki.

Here you will find documentation, articles, events and general information about the MCYFS. Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

Introduction

For the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Commission requires timely information on the agricultural production to be expected in the current season. This is a main concern of the MARS-project (Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS) of the AGRI4CAST and FOODSEC units of the Directorate General Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy). The need of early European figures on harvests has let to the development of a crop yield forecasting system that was put in place to supply early information on the development and growth conditions of crops during the campaign.

The yield forecasting is mainly conducted through Pan-European agro-meteorological methods of analysis. After some years of research in co-operation with Member States and a pre-operational-phase, the MARS Unit is now running in an operational context what is called the Mars Crop Yield Forecasting System (MCYFS). The system consists of an ensemble of methodologies and tools that are grouped into 5 modules.

While the operational management of the system has been outsourced, the Mars Unit is in charge of research and development, technological improvement, main output quality control, the agro-meteorological analyses, crop yield forecasts and the publication of the MARS bulletins. The data produced for the analysis and forecasts are disseminated through the marsop.info web portal.

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