French soft wheat rating falls further, maize planting starts

Grains, Cereal & Legumes
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 13, 2024

Tridge summary

The quality of French soft wheat has seen a further decline, hitting a four-year low with only 64% rated as good or excellent as of April 8, a drop from the previous week and significantly below last year's 94%. Maize planting is also behind schedule, with only 3% of the expected area sown compared to 9% at the same time last year. Spring barley's condition has slightly worsened, marking the lowest quality in a decade for this period. However, winter barley and durum wheat conditions have shown slight improvements or stability, despite being at a four-year low. The agricultural sector is hopeful that upcoming drier weather will help improve the situation for these crops.
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Original content

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, FranceAgriMer said. Maize planting got under way last week, with 3% of the expected area sown, ...
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