Digging is well under way this week with many potato growers taking advantage of the mild conditions present to harvest the crop. It is estimated that up to 25% of the main crop harvest is complete, with this figure on the rise daily.
Information on yields at the minute is limited, with variable yields being reported nationwide. Growers are busy trying to harvest as much as possible while the mild conditions exist and before ground conditions deteriorate, as we move into the winter period and shortening daylight hours. Farmers are advised to conduct a yield assessment in their fields in order to identify if any problems exist in the yield, and it may help to prioritise which order the crops of potatoes are dug in. Prices have remained stable over the past week with no major changes to report. Queen stocks are running extremely short and any remaining growers expect to be finished with their stocks of Queens in the next 10 days. Meanwhile in the UK, as the potato harvest progresses, reduced yields and secondary growth continue to be reported from unirrigated crops, although quality has been found to be better than feared during the drought period.
|Rooster box (New season)||€515||€575||€545|
|Rooster 10kg bags (New Season)||€6.50||€7.00||€6.00|
|Whites box (New season)||€515||€575||€545|
|Queens 10kg bags||€5.00||€6.00||€5.50|
|Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season)||€6.00||€7.00||€6.00|