March 13, 2020 / 8:02 AM / 22 days ago

French wheat crop ratings decline, spring barley sowing still slow

FILE PHOTO: A French farmer drives his combine as he harvests wheat in a field in Beaucamps-le-Vieux, northern France, July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - The condition of French soft wheat declined slightly in the week to March 9, with 63% of crops rated good or excellent against 64% in the previous week, farm office FranceAgriMer said on Friday.

That compared with an 85% rating in the same week last year, it said.

Spring barley sowing was 34% complete by Monday, up only marginally from 33% a week earlier and well below the 96% progress seen a year ago, FranceAgriMer said in a cereal crop report.

Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Jan Harvey

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