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Rapeseed in Northeast France Badly Damaged, Cetiom Says

April 13, 2012

Rapeseed in the northeast of France was “seriously” damaged by frost in February, and estimates of the area to be plowed under have risen, oilseed researcher Cetiom said.

Most damage occurred in the Lorraine region, northern Burgundy and the south and east of Champagne-Ardennes, where all fields were “very affected,” Paris-based Cetiom wrote in a report on its website today.

About 50 percent of rapeseed will be plowed under in the Moselle department in Lorraine, according to the researcher. Yields in the majority of damaged fields not plowed under will range from less than 1 metric ton per hectare (2.47 acres) to 2 tons per hectare, according to Cetiom.

“Many fields have been left in place despite having above- ground biomass that is weak to very weak,” Cetiom wrote. “Production potential for these fields is very feeble.”

Rain this week benefited the crops and should accelerate rapeseed development, as well as allow uptake of nitrogen fertilizer and sulfur, Cetiom wrote.

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