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Western Europe: Late winter wheat sowing, but no major problems

Winter wheat sowing in Western Europe is on it later this year, as in previous years. The Reuters news service reports. Dry weather leads to delays in winter wheat sowing in parts of Western Europe. The acreages are but stable and currently no major problems are visible.
The planting pace behind that of the past year is the largest wheat producer in the EU, France, where it suffers from to dry conditions in the fourth month in a row. This reports the French agricultural consultancy FranceAgriMer.
The seeding pace has grown somewhat, because rain in the largest growing region are expected for the next few days.
In Western Europe, the American national weather service anticipates below-average rainfall until 11 November. But also the water demand of the young plants is low due to low temperatures.
The forecast of strategy of for the upcoming EU - soft acreage under wheat grains is stable at 24.6 million hectares. For France, the forecast of the French Ministry of agriculture lies at 5.4 million hectares.
In Germany, the EU's second largest wheat producer, winter wheat sowing is completed successfully. Any significant problems to be expected are regional to dry conditions. The area under cultivation is estimated by an operators on 3.2 million acres. Based on seed sales, the acreage should be thus within the 5-year average.
The winter wheat sowing in Poland, the fourth-largest wheat producers is not yet completed. The conditions were not optimal. September of October was too dry, very wet. An analyst from Sparks Polska 2017 slightly smaller than the 1.9 million hectares, which were sown last year estimated the acreage of winter wheat for harvest. The reduced acreage is probably replaced by cultivation of rape seed.
For United Kingdom, a leading analyst of the agriculture to horticulture Development Board expects acreage at the level of last year. Dry weather in the South and in the East of the country has resulted in slight delays in sowing. That might even prove beneficial in combating weeds, which can take place before sowing.

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