Gro Adds Greater Precision With Subnational EU Data

17 June 2019

Gro Intelligence has enhanced its coverage of European agricultural markets with the addition of subnational data, allowing for greater precision in analytical and predictive models.

Eurostat reports area and production data for many agricultural commodities for EU regional subdivisions known as Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS). The NUTS 2 level of detail adds a great amount of granularity to one of the largest agricultural regions in the world. Many NUTS 2 data series extend as far back as 1975, allowing users to build yield models based on historical trends.

Other Eurostat data in Gro includes national and EU-wide coverage of agriculture. The NUTS 2 data brings about 281 additional regions covering hundreds of crops onto Gro’s platform.

Eurostat NUTS 2 regions unlock an important new building block for Gro users, enabling users to form a better understanding of local agricultural production trends. The production data can be used to identify regional shifts in agricultural output over time. Data is also available in crop groupings, such as Cereals and Vegetables, which provide a broader perspective on the agricultural industry in each locality. The depth of history allows for an opportunity to more accurately monitor and forecast trends from a long-term perspective.

Users are able to analyze subnational EU production and area data alongside the more than 55 million other data series in Gro. Crop area data can be used to weight Gro’s vast stable of remotely sensed data, including rainfall, temperature, NDVI, and many soil-quality indicators, all of which are available in the same regional granularity. With this toolkit, users can create yield models for any of the crops with NUTS 2 coverage and easily aggregate to the national or EU level.

The charts below show how Eurostat NUTS 2 data can be used to analyze agricultural trends. The map on the left shows the distribution of grape-producing areas in Italy. On the right is barley production in Western Europe. More darkly shaded regions contain a higher share of total production or area allocated to a crop. The bottom chart shows a breakdown of corn production in Austria since 1975. For additional charts based on Eurostat NUTS 2 data, click here to view Gro’s Curated Display.

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