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French Corn Rated Good or Excellent Stable as Harvest Starts

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- French corn rated as good or excellent was stable in the week through Sept. 17 as farmers started harvesting, crop office FranceAgriMer said.

Corn that received the top ratings was unchanged from a week earlier at 68 percent of the crop, the office wrote in a harvest-progress report on its website today. That’s down from 81 percent rated good or excellent at the same time last year.

Farmers had harvested 1 percent of the corn crop at the start of the week, compared with 4 percent a year ago, according to the crop office. France is the European Union’s biggest grower of the grain.

The portion of French corn at 50 percent or less grain humidity, an indicator of crop maturity, increased to 92 percent from 76 percent a week earlier, FranceAgriMer said. That’s the same as a year ago, the data show. Corn kernel moisture decreases as the grain develops.

To contact the report 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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