QUALITY OF FRENCH WHEAT AT DELIVERY TO INLAND COLLECTION SILOS
Following an atypical 2016 harvest, French wheat production has returned to a satisfactory level in 2017,at 37.8 million tonnes (+6% compared to the 2012-2016 average). However, the climatic conditions of the 2016-2017 cultivation campaign have sparked concern. French wheat was subject to a widespread and persistent water deficit throughout its cycle, late spring frost of varying severity, persistent high températures around the crop flowering period and rainy episodes around the time of the harvest. Although these conditions inhibited the yield potential of the crops as a whole, they also led to reduced pest pressure.
In terms of quality, French wheat will therefore be able to satisfy the full range of the traditional markets, with a good – or even very good – quality for certain characteristics, particularly protein content. Almost 69% of wheat falls under the “Superior” and “Premium” milling quality categories.
QUALITY OF FRENCH DURUM WHEAT AT DELIVERY TO INLAND COLLECTION SILOS
French durum wheat production is estimated to be over 2Mt due to an atypical year in 2016. The quality of the harvest, characterised by high protein contents, varies according to harvesting conditions in the different régions.