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French Soft Wheat Crop Conditions Seen Unchanged This Week

June 22, 2012

French soft wheat rated “good” or “excellent” was unchanged in the week ended June 18, after climbing in the nine previous weeks as rains aided plants, crop office FranceAgriMer said.

Seventy-three percent of the soft wheat crop received the top ratings, the Montreuil-sous-Bois, France-based office wrote on its website today. That compares with 27 percent rated “good” or “excellent” in the year-ago period when a spring drought stunted growth.

France is the European Union’s largest wheat grower. Rainfall in the country’s main wheat growing regions since March has been in line with long-term average values, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture satellite data. The ratings released today are the average for eight regions representing 54 percent of France’s soft-wheat area, FranceAgriMer wrote.

Durum wheat rated “good” or “excellent” was unchanged at 57 percent, based on three regions that make up 58 percent of French production, the data show. Corn with top ratings rose to 73 percent as of June 18, from 69 percent a week earlier.

Winter barley with “good” or “excellent” ratings fell to 65 percent from 66 percent a week earlier. Spring barley rated in the top two categories was unchanged at 84 percent.

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