Europe’s wheat harvest prospects mixed after wet and warm weather

Published Apr 15, 2024

Tridge summary

The wheat harvest outlook in Europe presents a mixed picture due to diverse weather conditions across the continent. France and Britain are facing potential production losses due to persistent rain, with France seeing its worst soft wheat crop condition in four years and Britain experiencing a 15% reduction in wheat area. On the other hand, Germany, Poland, and Spain are witnessing favorable crop conditions and development, thanks to the wet and warm weather, putting them ahead of schedule. The overall European wheat crop is anticipated to be the smallest since 2020, primarily due to rain-disrupted autumn planting. Additionally, weather patterns in Romania and Bulgaria are under scrutiny for their possible effects on the eastern European grain market.
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Original content

The wheat harvest outlook in Europe is varying widely as persistent rain in France and Britain increases chances of large production losses, while countries like Germany, Poland and Spain benefit from wet and warm spells, analysts said. Rain-disrupted autumn planting in the northwest has already put Europe on course for its smallest wheat crop since 2020, when fields also endured soggy conditions. In France, the state of the main soft wheat crop has declined further this month to stay at a four-year low, according to farm office FranceAgriMer. After the area planted with wheat fell sharply, there was growing concern that yields may also suffer. “It’s going to be a very tricky year for yields, which will certainly be below the average of recent years,” Francois Laurent, head of research at crop institute Arvalis, said. A combination of excess moisture and mild temperatures means crops are relatively developed but with weak roots, making them fragile, Laurent said. Maize may gain ...
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