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France – 2012/13 sugar beet harvest slowed by wet October [Registered]

Sugar-beet harvesting in France was slowed down by unusually wet weather in October, disrupting the supply of roots to processors, according to Institut Technique de la Betterave (ITB), reports Bloomberg. France’s sugar-beet growing regions on average received 112 millimeters (4.4 inches) of rain last month, 45 millimeters more than usual. “These very wet conditions caused major disruption to the harvest and the supply of factories in all regions,” noted ITB. “From the start of the month, harvest conditions were very difficult in all the sugar-beet regions due to the very heavy precipitation.” France is the European Union’s largest sugar-beet producer,…

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