France: Wheat harvest is almost complete

French farmers have almost completed this year's wheat harvest, data from agricultural consultancy FranceAgriMer shows. Hot, dry weather enabled the rapid harvesting activities of the presumably small harvest.
The harvest of common wheat, the most produced grain in the largest grain-growing country in the European Union, was 99% complete by August 3, compared with 90% a week earlier, FranceAgriMer said in its weekly report. The end of the harvest this year was five days earlier than last year and the average for the past five years, the office announced.
Common wheat production is expected to decline by around a quarter compared to the previous year, to its lowest level since 2016. Harvest of durum wheat, the variety used for pasta, ended the week ending August 3 after being 99% complete the previous week, according to FranceAgriMer.
The spring barley harvest was 83% complete by August 3, compared to 56% the week before, but was six days behind the average pace of the past five years, FranceAgriMer said. The winter barley harvest was over the week before.
In the case of cereal maize, which is usually harvested in autumn, field conditions have again decreased. 74% of the plants were rated as good or excellent, up from 77% the previous week after falling three points the previous week.
Traders say hot, dry weather has started to weigh on corn crops in some areas. Local water restrictions also mean that irrigation options are restricted.
Corn conditions could worsen again this week if a heat wave hits. Much of France faces a high temperature alarm on Friday.
However, the valuations of the maize stocks are still well above the 60 percentage points last year at the same time, which reflects a very good start to this year's growing season.

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