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Europe’s Wilted Wheat Leaves World Hunting Elsewhere for Grain

  • France likely to post one of smallest harvests in two decades
  • Shrinking EU crops to leave importers turning to other origins
A farmer drives a combine harvester in a wheat field near Boulange, northeastern France on July 25.

A farmer drives a combine harvester in a wheat field near Boulange, northeastern France on July 25.

Photographer: Jean-Christophe Verghaegen/AFP via Getty Images

As harvests roll out across Europe, a season of droughts and floods have proven their toll on the continent’s wheat crop.

Farmers in France are pulling in one of the smallest soft-wheat crops in recent memory, with harvests in Romania also battered by poor weather. Even as Russia’s output rises, the mixed bag in a major breadbasket has tightened early-season supplies in the global market.