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French Soft-Wheat Crop Conditions Fell in Week Ended July 2

July 06, 2012

French soft wheat rated “good” or “excellent” fell in the week ended July 2, crop office FranceAgriMer said.

Seventy-one percent of the soft-wheat crop received the top ratings, compared with 72 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” in the year-earlier period, 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 the national soft-wheat area, FranceAgriMer wrote.

Durum wheat rated “good” or “excellent” rose to 59 percent from 54 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 improved to 74 percent from 73 percent.

Winter barley with “good” or “excellent” ratings rose to 69 percent from 66 percent a week earlier. Spring barley rated in the top two categories declined to 83 percent from 84 percent.

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