FRENCH MILLING WHEAT QUALITY ON DELIVERY TO INLAND COLLECTION SILOS
French milling wheat production in 2018 came in close to the 5-year average, at 34.6 million tons. However, the erratic weather conditions throughout the campaign caused a great deal of concern. Whilst drought affected sowings last autumn in France’s southern regions, floods during the winter and spring caused difficulties for both winter and spring sowings in the other regions. Later on, storms and high temperatures around flowering took a severe toll on yields. Lastly, the heat wave combined with a lack of rain accelerated the final phase of the growth cycle and led to an early-starting and rapid harvest.
In terms of quality, the 2018 harvest produced grains that will meet the requirements of users across the various segments of the market, with good – in some cases, very good – values for criteria such as protein content and baking strength. The quality levels obtained in this year’s harvest will enhance the ability to create batches of milling wheat that meet minimum threshold requirements for the main criteria. Close to 83% of 2018-crop wheat is graded as either “Superior” or “Premium” quality milling wheat.
FRENCH DURUM WHEAT QUALITY ON DELIVERY TO INLAND COLLECTION SILOS
Weather conditions were erratic during 2018 and varied from region to region. This in turn affected harvested volumes and grain quality for part of France’s 2018-crop durum wheat production.