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Strategie Grains sees EU and UK rapeseed crop area down slightly

PARIS, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Consultancy Strategie Grains expects the sown area for the 2021 rapeseed crop in the European Union and Britain to be down slightly compared with this year’s harvest, it said on Monday.

European farmers again faced dry sowing conditions during the late-summer planting window for rapeseed, particularly in France.

In a monthly oilseed report, Strategie Grains’ estimate of this year’s weather-hit rapeseed production in the EU plus Britain was left unchanged at 17.1 million tonnes, slightly below the estimate of 17.3 million tonnes for the 2019 crop.

For EU and British imports, the consultancy increased its forecast for the 2020/21 season to a record 6.3 million tonnes, up from the 6.2 million tonnes projected a month ago.

Reporting by Gus Trompiz Editing by David Goodman