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French Soil-Water Reserves Boosted by Above-Normal April Rains

May 03, 2012

Soil-water reserves in France, the European Union’s largest wheat producer, climbed across the country in April as more rain fell than usual, the Agriculture Ministry reported.

Rainfall was 65 percent above the long-term average last month, while temperatures of 11 degrees Celsius (51.8 degrees Fahrenheit) on average were close to normal levels for the month, the ministry wrote in a report on its website today.

France received 7 percent more rain than usual since March 1 on average, according to the ministry, after a deficit from the start of September through March. Soil-water reserves stayed below normal across much of the country, the report showed.

“After a start of the year marked by weak rains, all the territory benefited from precipitation that was particularly welcome in the west and southwest regions,” the ministry wrote.

Average April rainfall was 101 millimeters (4 inches) for France, according to the report. Rainfall in the center-east region was 50 percent above normal, the north got 69 percent more than usual and the northeast received 16 percent more than in an average year, the ministry reported.

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