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French Soft Wheat Rated Good or Excellent Seen Stable at 70%

July 20, 2012

French soft wheat rated as good or excellent was stable in the week through July 16 from the previous week at 70 percent as harvesting accelerated, crop office FranceAgriMer reported.

Within the two top categories, 17 percent of wheat was rated excellent from 16 percent a week earlier, crop office data showed. The crop was 9 percent harvested, compared with 3 percent last week and 60 percent of soft wheat harvested at the same time last year.

Weather has been drier in the past week in France, allowing farmers to accelerate harvesting after months of rainy weather. Forecasts are for sunny and dry conditions on July 22 and at the start of next week, with afternoon temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), according to weather forecaster Meteo-France.

The soft-wheat ratings compare with 30 percent seen as good or excellent at the same time last year, when crops were hurt by spring drought.

Durum wheat rated good or excellent was also stable at 63 percent, with the top rating rising 2 percentage points to 13 percent.

Winter barley conditions remained at 69 percent good or excellent, according to FranceAgriMer.

The state of spring barley slipped to 80 percent rated good or excellent, down 1 percentage point from a week earlier. The corn crop was 75 percent rated in the top two categories, climbing from 73 percent the previous week, the data showed.

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