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French Soft-Wheat Conditions Improve as Harvest Progresses

July 27, 2012

French soft wheat rated as good or excellent advanced to 71 percent in the week through July 23 from 70 percent a week earlier, crop office FranceAgriMer said.

Farmers had harvested 25 percent of the crop, up from 8 percent cut as of July 16 and compared with 64 percent completion at the same time last year, according to data published by the crop office today.

The corn crop was 77 percent rated good or excellent, climbing 2 percentage points from a week earlier. The crop was 61 percent flowering, double the 30 percent a week earlier and compared with 96 percent flowering at the same time in 2011.

France is the European Union’s largest grower of wheat and corn. Weather has become drier in the past two weeks after months of rain, speeding up crop development and allowing farmers to accelerate harvesting.

The ratings compare with 30 percent rated good or excellent for wheat and 68 percent for corn last year at this time, when a spring drought hurt winter-grain production.

Durum wheat was stable with 63 percent rated good or excellent, while spring barley was unchanged at 80 percent. The crop office discontinued its reporting of winter-barley conditions with 97 percent of the crop harvested.

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