Wet conditions delay European winter-crop planting

Canola Seed & Rapeseed
Published Dec 6, 2023

Tridge summary

Abnormally wet conditions in western and northern Europe, including France, have delayed the planting of winter crops and hindered crop establishment and growth. The heavy rainfall and waterlogged fields have led to a standstill in field activity, causing a decline in crop ratings. The wet autumn has also affected planting and crop development in other European countries like the Benelux countries, Germany, and Denmark, and is expected to decrease the winter cereal area across Europe.
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Abnormally wet conditions through much of western and northern Europe and parts of central Europe since the beginning of October have delayed the planting of this season’s winter crop, adversely affecting crop establishment and hindering early plant growth in many areas. In France, the European Union’s biggest grain producer, the unfavourable conditions have pushed the sowing campaign into December, with field activity coming to a standstill for extended periods over the past few weeks due to the heavy rainfall and waterlogged fields. Some regions experienced record rainfall registrations for the mid-October to mid-November period, and localised flooding was reported, especially in the north of the country. According to the public farm office FranceAgriMer, French farmers had sown 82 percent of the forecast soft wheat area as of November 27, up from 74pc a week earlier. This compares to 99pc on the same date in 2022, and the long-term average of 95pc. Crop rating continued to ...
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