France has cut projections for its rapeseed harvest again in the agriculture ministry’s August update. The crop is tipped to come in at 5mn t at the end of the current harvest, down 8.9% YoY thanks to reduced yield and acreage and representing a 100,000t reduction from July’s forecast.
The French rapeseed footprint is reported at 1.48mn ha for the 2015 marketing year, down 2.5% YoY and unchanged from the forecast stretching back to May. Yield per hectare is marketed down nearer 8% across the already reduced acreage, a 0.5% write-down compared to June’s report.
European Commission estimates from late June pegged the French rapeseed crop at 5.07mn t, 13% smaller than its projections for Germany. Last year Germany’s rapeseed crop beat French output by 14%.
French rapeseed’s poor performance is in stark contrast to a record outlook for French wheat farmers. The French soft wheat crop is projected to hit 39.3mn t, up 4.7% YoY and 10% above the five year average. The bumper crop comes thanks to a 3% rise in acreage and a 1.7% improvement YoY in French wheat yields.