August 12, 2008


France sees 2008-09 rapeseed crop at 5 million tonnes


French 2008-09 rapeseed production will reach a record high of 5 million tonnes, a rise of 6 percent on-year, said France's Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries on Monday (August 11).


The crop is also projected to be up 20 percent from the previous five-year-average.


A 6-percent decline in France's rapeseed acreage to 1.5 million hectares, was more than offset by a 13-percent rise in yield to 3.27 tonnes a hectare, the Ministry said.


Sunflower output is also up 6 percent on-year at 1.4 million tonnes, but down 3.7 percent from the five-year average.

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