French wheat crop to fall even more than thought

French wheat production will fall even steeply more this year than many had forecast, according to the results of a crop tour by Paris-based consultancy Agritel.
In its first forecast for the coming harvest in the EU's top wheat grower, Agritel pegged expectations at 37.26m tonnes, a fall of 9.2% year on year
European grain industry group Coceral last week forecast the French wheat crop at 38.87m tonnes. 
Last month the French agricultural consultancy Strategie Grains forecast French wheat production at 38.5m tonnes, while ODA last month saw the French crop at 36.5m-38.5m tonnes. 
An Agritel analyst told Agrimoney the forecast was based on the results of a crop tour in late June, and could be revised later in the season to take in further weather developments.
The group also noted "disappointing" early results, in quality and yield terms, from France's harvest of barley, which having a shorter growing season than wheat is reaped earlier.