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French Sugar Yields From Beets Are 14 Tons a Hectare, ITB Says

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- French sugar yields from beets were 14 metric tons a hectare (2.47 acres) in the first stage of harvesting through the end of last week, industry researcher Institut Technique de Betterave said.

Sugar factories had taken delivery of about 37 percent of the beet crop as of Oct. 4, while 90 percent of the harvest had been lifted from the ground, Fabienne Maupas, a researcher at the Paris-based institute, said today by phone.

The Paris-based ITB has forecast average yields for the overall crop of 15.2 tons of sugar a hectare, and Maupas said she’s sticking to the outlook for now because yields are typically lowest in the first stage of harvesting.

“These are the first results and don’t foretell the final yield,” Maupas said. “The potential remains at 15 tons. The beet is a leafy crop, the longer you leave it in the ground, the more it grows.”

October temperatures in France’s beet-growing regions were 0.9 degree Celsius above normal seasonal values, the ITB said.

“This ‘Indian summer’ has been very favorable to late growth and should confirm the high expected yield level,” the researcher said in its report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net.

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