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French Soft-Wheat Planting 88% Complete, FranceAgriMer Says

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- France’s soft-wheat crop was 88 percent planted as of Nov. 12, down from the year-earlier 98 percent pace, crop office FranceAgriMer said.

About 53 percent of the winter crop, to be harvested in 2013, had emerged from the soil, compared with 90 percent at the same time last year, the agency reported today on its website. Parts of the country have had excess rain in recent weeks. Wheat planting in France, the European Union’s biggest grower, started at the end of September.

Tillering, the leaf-development phase that follows emergence, had started for 6 percent of the crop, compared with 26 percent last year.

France’s winter barley was 97 percent planted as of Nov. 12, against 99 percent last year. Durum wheat, the hard variety of the grain used to make pasta, was 51 percent sown, down from 85 percent in 2011.

Farmers harvested 92 percent of the country’s corn crop, compared with 100 percent a year earlier, FranceAgriMer said.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Whitney McFerron at wmcferron1@bloomberg.net

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

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