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Corn crop conditions in France continue to deteriorate as rains return

PARIS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – France’s corn crop situation fell last week to the lowest level in a decade, according to data from agriculture office FranceAgriMer, as the market waited to see if the rains had returned helping drought and drought stricken plants. heat waves.

An estimated 50% of French corn kernels were in good or excellent condition on August 15, down from 53% the previous week, FranceAgriMer said in a grain harvest report on Friday.

That was a new low for this time of year in the FranceAgriMer crop rankings going back to 2011.

However, the drop in corn scores was more modest than in previous weeks, suggesting that rain and cooler temperatures from last weekend may have reduced stress on the plants.

Due to easing corn rains in France and elsewhere in Europe, Euronext corn futures have fallen sharply this week.

Maize is one of the crops that suffered the worst drought on record in France.

This year’s rating fell more than 30 percentage points in the past month, canceling a good start to the growing season.

A year ago, 91% of corn was rated good or excellent in the same week, according to FranceAgriMer.

The hot and dry summer favored another cereal harvest, with the wheat and barley harvest already completed at the end of the campaign earlier than usual.

Cereal, which is usually harvested from September, was a week ahead of the average growth rate over the past five years, according to FranceAgriMer. (Reporting by Gus Trompiz; editing by Jason Neely and Mark Potter; translation by Flora Gómez)

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