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Good Results Expected for France Winter Cereals

01 August 2012
Information from: MARS BULLETIN – EC - JRC

FRANCE - Winter cereals harvest is on-going in the south and will start in the next few weeks in the centre and north with good expectations. Meteorological conditions depict a positive outlook for summer crops, reports MARS Bulletins Europe.

The summer is more humid than usual, with precipitations in the centre and north exceeding by 50 per cent the seasonal values during the last month. By contrast, in Midi-Pyrenees’, Aquitaine and Auvergne the cumulated rainfall remained close to the average. The temperatures have been close to the seasonal values in almost all the regions.

Under these conditions the harvest of winter cereals is currently on-going without constraints in the South, where durum wheat is almost completely harvested. In the central and north regions, the abundant rainfalls registered during summer have benefited considerably soft wheat and winter barley during grain filling, and thus expectations are quite positive for the harvest. However, during ripening and maturity excess of rain could eventually affect the yield potential in Picardie, Nord Pas de Calais and Loire valley.

Spring barley is at the end of the grain filling stage and the crop indicators suggest a high yield potential. Especially in Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine – where it has been used to replace soft wheat damaged by winter kill – the expectations are quite promising.

The favourable weather permitted an adequate development of the summer crops as well. Grain maize is currently flowering in most of the regions, and indicators reveal that leaf area development is substantially higher than seasonal values. Sunflower exhibits biomass accumulation slightly above the average as well.

Sugar beets have just started yield formation, whereas potatoes are in a more advanced stage, presenting high biomass levels thanks to the intense precipitations received in the north east.

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