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Germany and Southern Europe Reported Dry by USDA in Past 10 Days

June 21, 2012

Germany and most of southern Europe were drier than normal in the past 10 days, while the south of the U.K. and northern France received more rain than usual, U.S. Department of Agriculture satellite data showed.

Most of Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as parts of northern Germany and Poland received less than 50 percent of normal rainfall from June 11 to June 20, the data show. Parts of northern France and England got more than twice the usual quantity of rain.

Rainfall across Germany’s wheat-growing areas has been below normal since March 1, according to the data. Dry weather may hurt this year’s grain harvest, adding to freezing damage to the winter-grain area, farm lobby Deutscher Bauernverband wrote in a June 4 report.

For France, the European Union’s biggest wheat grower, precipitation since March has been in line with long-term average values for all main growing areas, including Centre and Picardie, which jointly grow about 25 percent of the country’s soft-wheat crop.

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