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French Soft-Wheat Area to Rise 1.6%, FranceAgriMer Estimates

December 12, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- French farmers are expected to increase soft-wheat planting by 1.6 percent, estimates published by national crops office FranceAgriMer show.

The area growing all soft-wheat varieties for harvesting next year will climb to 5.07 million hectares (12.5 million acres) from 4.99 million hectares harvested this year, the Montreuil-sous-Bois-based office said in an online report.

The outlook compares with a forecast by the Agriculture Ministry for planting of winter soft wheat to climb to 5.06 million hectares. Overwintering varieties typically account for more than 99 percent of soft-wheat production in France, the European Union’s largest grower and exporter.

Durum-wheat planting, both winter and spring varieties, will climb 2.8 percent to 429,050 hectares, according to FranceAgriMer. Winter barley is expected to cover 1.07 million hectares, up 0.9 percent, the crop office report shows.

--Editors: Claudia Carpenter, Nicholas Larkin

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net.


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