French Plantings Latest

03/12/12 -- According to FranceAgriMer wheat plantings there have soldiered on to 97% complete (vs 100% last year at this time) with 83% of the crop now emerged (99%). Only 14% of the crop is at the tillering stage (versus 99% at the same time in 2011). The crop is rated 76% good/very good versus 96% last year.

Winter barley sowings are just about done at 99% complete (100% last year), with emergence at 95% (100%), tillering 27% (69%) and as with wheat, 76% of the crop is considered to be in "good" or "very good" condition (96% in 2011).

The corn harvest is now 99% complete, they add.