June 12, 2012


France's good, excellent soft-wheat plantings widens



The soft wheat of France rated "good" or "excellent" increased for its eighth week in the seven days ended June 4, whereas conditions deteriorated for the durum variety of the grain, crop office FranceAgriMer said.


Soft wheat with the top ratings advanced to 72% from 70% a week earlier, the Montreuil-sous-Bois, France-based office reported on its website. A year ago, 24% was rated "good" or "excellent" as spring drought hurt yields.


Rain since March 1 has been above normal for most of France, boosting soil-water reserves across the country, the Agriculture Ministry said this week. France grew 5.2% of the world's wheat in the 2011-12 crop year, International Grains Council data show.


The ratings are the average for eight regions representing 54% of France's soft-wheat area, the crop office wrote.


Durum wheat rated "good" or "excellent" fell to 58% from 60%, based on three regions making up 58% of French production, the data show.


Winter barley with the top ratings remained stable at 65%, while spring barley rated in the top two categories remained at 83%, FranceAgriMer wrote. Corn conditions improved, with 70% of the crop rated "good" or "excellent" from 69% a week earlier.