The condition of French soft wheat crops continued to decline as warm weather continued to affect output.
Farm office FranceAgriMer, said 73% of crops were either good or execellent in the week to July 8 - as compared with 75% the previous week.
The figure for the the European’s biggest producer of grain remained higher than previous five-year average of 68.4% as warm, dry weather continued to create disruption for crops.
Crop condition had been about 80% rated either good or excellent throughout June but then slipped amid the heatwave conditions which saw France observe a record-breaking temperature of 49.5 degrees Celsius.
The research from FranceAgriMer also revealed that the crop harvesting had been boosted by the weather conditions, with 9% of soft wheat croppage harvested by July 8, as compared with 1% a week earlier, although below 20% a year earlier.
Similarly, about 80% of winter barley had been harvested, up from 22% a week earlier - although this was behind the 92% harvest achieved by the same period last year.
News comes a day after Strategie Grains ut its EU soft wheat crop forecast by 2m tonnes.
Output from the EU is expected to fall to 140.6m tonnes after the region was affected by soaring temperatures - including a record 45.9 degrees Celsius in France.
News comes two days after France’s ministry of agriculture pegged the country’s 2019 wheat crop at 37m tonnes - up 8.5% higher than a year ago and almost 4% above the 5-year average.