FRANCE: Farm ministry boosts beet forecast again to 22.8% over 2016/17

Published: 11/15/2017, 8:00:45 AM

France's farm ministry on Tuesday sharply raised its estimate of the 2017 sugar beet crop for a second month in a row in the European Union's largest producer, mainly due to larger expected yields and an area estimate now close to a record, according to Reuters.

Sugar beet production is now estimated at 42.6 million tonnes in 2017/18, up from 41.9 million last month, and 22.8% above last year's volume.

Supplies would be boosted by high yields pegged at 90 tonnes per hectare (t/ha), up from 89.5 t/ha estimated in October and 85.5 t/ha last year, and a sharp rise in the area sown now seen at 473,000 hectares, just 1,000 hectares off the 1990 record.

Forecasters had been expecting a jump in beet output in France and other EU countries after farmers planted more of the crop ahead of sugar production quotas being scrapped.