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French Soft Wheat-Crop Ratings Fell in Week to June 25

June 29, 2012

French soft wheat rated “good” or “excellent” fell in the week ended June 25, crop office FranceAgriMer said.

Seventy-two percent of the soft wheat crop received the top ratings, down from 73 percent a week earlier, the Montreuil- sous-Bois, France-based office wrote on its website today. That compares with 29 percent rated “good” or “excellent” a year earlier, when a spring drought stunted growth.

France is the European Union’s largest wheat producer. 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” fell to 54 percent from 57 percent a week earlier, based on three regions that make up 58 percent of French production, the data show. Durum is a hard variety of the grain used to make pasta. Corn with top ratings was unchanged at 73 percent.

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

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