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French Rapeseed Yields in Northeast Beat Expectations at Harvest

July 20, 2012

Rapeseed yields in France’s northeast are better than expected with results indicating they’re “correct to very good,” oilseed researcher Cetiom reported.

Harvesting has been delayed, with little progress last week as farmers took advantage of drier weather to bring in winter barley crops first, the Paris-based researcher wrote in an online report today. Some farmers in Burgundy have started cutting wheat first because not all rapeseed is ripe, it said.

The harvest in the Franche-Comte region is virtually completed and the average yield is around 4 metric tons per hectare (2.47 acres), with similar values in the Aube, Marne and Seine-et-Marne regions, Cetiom said.

France is the European Union’s largest rapeseed grower. Crops in the northeast suffered frost damage in February, and the Agriculture Ministry has forecast average rapeseed yields in the country will fall to 3.23 tons per hectare from 3.45 tons in 2011.

Yields in the Auvergne region, where crops suffered frost damage, range from about 2.4 tons to 3 tons per hectare, according to Cetiom.

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