FRANCE: Ministry revises beet production estimate upwards

Published: 02/13/2018, 2:04:20 PM

France's farm ministry further increased its estimates of last year's sugar beet and grain maize crops to reflect bumper yields, according to Reuters.

In a crop report published on Tuesday, the ministry pegged 2017 sugar beet production at a record 45.8 million tonnes, up from 45.0 million estimated in December and now 32% above the 2016 volume.

The average 2017 yield was increased to 94.2 tonnes per hectare (t/ha) from 93.0 t/ha previously and up from 85.5 t/ha in 2016, while the crop area was increased marginally to 486,000 hectares, confirming a jump from 405,000 hectares in 2016.

A big sugar beet crop had been widely anticipated after growers increased plantings ahead of the scrapping of EU production quotas, but forecasters have steadily increased production estimates as harvest results showed strong yields.