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France Corn Rated Good or Excellent Falls to 68% of Crop

French corn rated as good or excellent fell 1 percentage point in the week through Sept. 10 on worsening conditions in Aquitaine, the biggest growing region, as dry weather prompted water-use restrictions.

Corn that received the top ratings dropped to 68 percent from 69 percent the previous week, crop office FranceAgriMer wrote in a report on its website today. That’s down from 77 percent rated good or excellent a month ago, and compares with 81 percent at the same time last year.

Southwest France, including the Aquitaine region that grows 20 percent of the country’s corn, got 58 percent less rain that usual in August, Agriculture Ministry data show. Water-use restrictions were in place in 50 of France’s 96 mainland departments as of midnight, three more departments than a week ago, according to the Environment Ministry.

Crop conditions in Aquitaine deteriorated again, with corn getting the top two ratings falling to 63 percent from 66 percent a week earlier and 75 percent two weeks ago.

The portion of French corn at 50 percent or less grain humidity, an indicator of crop maturity, increased to 76 percent from 51 percent a week earlier, FranceAgriMer said. At the same time last year, 84 percent of corn had reached the stage of 50 percent grain humidity, the data show. Corn kernel moisture decreases as the grain develops.

Harvesting of France’s soft wheat, durum wheat and barley has been completed, according to FranceAgriMer.

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