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Now the EU’s Largest Wheat Crop Is at Risk From Record Heat

  • Share of wheat in good or very good condition declines to 73%
  • That adds to weather woes in other major wheat growers like US

France’s wheat crop is deteriorating as record heat across the European Union’s top grower adds to global grain-supply woes.

The share of the country’s soft-wheat crop rated in good or very good condition fell to 73% as of May 16, putting ratings below this time last year, according to the latest FranceAgriMer data. A dry, hot streak across France is draining soil moisture during a vital period for the crop’s development, with weekend temperatures expected to swelter above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in many cities, forecaster Meteo France said in a note.