French soft wheat rating falls further, maize planting starts

Published Apr 15, 2024

Tridge summary

The latest report from FranceAgriMer reveals a concerning decline in the condition of French soft wheat, with only 64% rated as good or excellent as of April 8, marking a significant drop from the previous year's 94% and the lowest in four years. Additionally, the pace of maize planting is lagging behind last year, with just 3% of the expected area sown so far. The report also notes a slight deterioration in spring barley conditions and challenges in planting progress due to wet weather, though there's a small improvement in winter barley and stable ratings for durum wheat, both also at four-year lows.
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Changes headline and paragraph 1, adds background and other crops in paragraphs 4-8 The state of French soft wheat has declined slightly for a second week to remain at its poorest in four years, while farmers have started planting this year’s maize crop, data from farm office FranceAgriMer showed on Friday. Some 64% of French soft wheat was rated as in good or excellent condition by April 8, down from 65% a week earlier and 94% a year ago, FranceAgriMer said in a cereal crop report. The rating was the lowest for this time of year since 2020, when French wheat crops were also affected by heavy rain during planting, the report showed. The good/excellent score for spring barley crops also edged down, to 60% from 61% a week earlier, to stay at the lowest for the time of year in FranceAgriMer records going back a decade. Sowing of spring barley, which has also been slowed by wet conditions, was 91% complete by Monday. That compared with 86% a week earlier and 100% a year ago, ...
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