France’s wheat harvest is deteriorating as record heat at the European Union’s largest producer adds to global grain supply problems.
The proportion of the country’s soft wheat crop rated as good or very good fell to 73% on May 16, down from ratings this time last year, according to the latest data from FranceAgriMer. A dry, hot streak across France is draining soil moisture during a period vital for crop development, with weekend temperatures expected to soar above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in many cities, Meteo France said in a note.
The summer spell means the nation is likely to record its hottest May on record, surpassing 2011, the forecaster said. That threatens to choke wheat yields in the country and is adding to weather woes for other producers like the US and Canada at a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is already choking global grain supplies.
The International Grains Council on Thursday lowered its forecast for global wheat production to 769 million tonnes, a three-year low. In terms of weather, France is Europe’s biggest problem area for winter crops like wheat, Kyle Tapley, weather forecaster at Maxar, said at the GrainCom conference in Geneva.
Here is a breakdown of French crops in good or very good condition:
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