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French Soft-Wheat Planting Nears Finish, FranceAgriMer Says

France’s soft-wheat crop planting was 94 percent complete as of Nov. 19, compared with 100 percent that had been sown at that time last year, FranceAgriMer said.

About 72 percent of the winter crop, to be harvested in 2013, had emerged from the soil, compared with 97 percent at the same time in 2011, the agency reported on its website today. Parts of the country have had excess rain. Wheat planting in France, the European Union’s biggest grower, started at the end of September. About 76 percent of the crop was in good or excellent condition, compared with 95 percent a year earlier.

Tillering, the leaf-development phase that follows emergence, had started for 10 percent of the wheat crop, compared with 38 percent last year. Seventeen percent of winter barley crops had reached this stage, compared with 56 percent a year earlier. About 99 percent of barley crops had been planted and 89 percent emerged from the soil.

Durum wheat, used to make pasta, was 74 percent planted, compared with 94 percent last year, FranceAgriMer said. Twenty-two percent had emerged from the soil, down from 81 percent in 2011.

Ninety-seven percent of corn crops had been collected as of Nov. 19, according to the report. The harvest was completed by the same time last year.

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