September 06, 2013
French farmers plan to sow around 1.5 million hectares of rapeseed for next year’s harvest, growers group FOP said on Wednesday. The figure is down slightly from the 1.6 million hectares farmers planned to sow a year ago but above the 1.46 million hectares actually harvested in this year’s crop.
Adverse weather conditions at sowing last year meant French farmers abandoned about 100,000 hectares out of the area they initially intended to grow with rapeseed and a succession of problems during crops’ growth led to further losses of over 50,000 hectares, Fabien Lagarde from oilseed growers’ technical institute Cetiom said. These difficulties discouraged many farmers who decided to favour grains such as wheat for next harvest.
“Cereals had better yields than rapeseed this season and the price differential was in favour of cereals so farmers decided to sow more,” he told a news conference. If rainfall comes over the weekend, as forecast, Lagarde said he believed the 1.5 million hectares should be sown and well rooted enough to start growing. Rapeseed sowing is almost complete in north-east France and is under way in other regions, the FOP said. “Now we are waiting for the rain for everything to emerge and sowings to be finished,” Lagarde said. Courtesy Reuters
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