French beet production is expected to recover this season after the poor harvest there was in 2020. According to the first production estimate made by the French Ministry of Agriculture and published through its statistical service, Agreste, the country would produce 33.1 Mt this season, i.e. 26% more than in the previous season. Despite the recovery, this year's production would be 10% below the average of the last 5 years.
The average yield is estimated at 81.4 tons/hectare, higher than the 62.2 tons/hectare achieved in 2020, but lower than the 82 tons/hectare average of the last 5 years.
The area sown in the country in 2021 stood at 407,000 hectares.
The Ministry maintained its production forecasts for the potatoes for storage and mid-season potatoes. They estimated 6.5 Mt, which is 4% less than the record level of 2020.