French common wheat is in good shape heading into winter

PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Almost all common wheat crops in France, the European Union’s biggest producer, were in good condition for the week through Nov. 29, agriculture bureau FranceAgriMer said in its final report on Friday. of cereal crops of the year.

An estimated 99% of French common wheat was rated good or excellent, unchanged from the previous week and up from 96% a year ago, it said.

The rating suggests strong early potential for next year’s crops, although French crops tend to be more affected by weather conditions starting in the boreal spring, such as this year, when heavy summer rains caused yield delays and losses. quality of wheat.

Growing conditions for winter barley also remained favorable, with 98% of the crops rated good or excellent, down from 99% the week before but up from 94% the year before, showed the FranceAgriMer data.

Sowing of the main winter grains was almost complete, with 99% of the expected areas of soft wheat and winter barley planted, as well as 88% of the area of ​​durum wheat, FranceAgriMer said. The bureau has not yet rated the condition of the durum wheat crops sown.

In the case of grain corn, the harvest was 99% complete on November 29, compared with 97% the week before.

The harvest, which was delayed by slow crop growth this year as well as difficulties in drying harvested grains, was 11 days behind the average pace of the past five years, according to FranceAgriMer.

The bureau will resume its weekly reports on grain supplies in February, following the winter dormant period for crops.

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz and Forrest Crellin; edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)

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