French wheat condition ahead of 2017, corn sowing jumps to 57%


The condition of French soft wheat improved versus last year, with wheat rated “good to excellent” gaining one percentage point on the week to 78%, while corn sowing gained 24 percentage points, to bring the completed total to 57%, Franceagrimer data up to April 29 showed Friday.

This time last year, the condition of French soft wheat declined with “good to excellent” falling to 75% as hot, dry weather in April affected the French crop's progress.

It’s a similar story for durum wheat where its share of “good to excellent” wheat gained one percentage point to 79%, compared to 62% this time last year.  

Meanwhile, corn sowing still shows a 27-percentage-point lag to the same time last year, despite progression nearly doubling over the last week to 57%.

Sowing in the eastern parts of the country is nearing completion, with work in the Alsace and Champagne regions practically done, while western regions are still showing a hefty lag to 2017, with only a third completed in Pay-de-la-Loire, versus to 84% this time last year.

Sunny April weather has had a beneficial effect on the corn crop with 20% of the total 2018/19 acreage already emerging, compared to 3% the week before, with crops in the east ahead of the average.


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