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Ex-Farm Potato Prices Reported to IFA

Low High Average
Rooster Box (new season) €300 €350 €330
Rooster 10kg (new season) €3.30 €3.80 €3.50
Whites (new season) €230 €270 €240
Kerr Pink 10kg (new season) €3.75 €4.50 €4.00
 Queens 10kg €2.80 €3.50 €3.00

 

Well done to all who contributed to National Potato Day, making it one of the top trending items on social media last Friday. Special mention to those growers who put their own time and personal expense into running events on the day. As consumers begin to enter Winter mode in their consumption preferences, there has been a recent surge of demand in the potato market.

Harvesting of potatoes continues to be sporadic across the country as farmers continue to balance digging with other tillage operations whenever the weather allows. It is a similar story across the UK and Europe with all areas behind on their harvesting schedules. Many UK growers are now digging into store so we should see their farm gates improving in the coming weeks.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box (new season) €300 €350 €330
Rooster 10kg (new season) €3.30 €3.80 €3.50
Whites (new season) €230 €280 €250
Kerr Pink 10kg (new season) €3.75 €4.50 €4.00
 Queens 10kg €2.80 €3.50 €3.00

 

The wet conditions continue to interrupt harvesting of potatoes in all parts of the country. This has helped the market as there is no major influx of potatoes coming on stream. Farm gate prices have steadied, however, growers supplying the wholesale sector and competing in a shrinking market need to be patient or look to the peeling sector to move product. As expected, the final revised area figures from the DAFM show no increase in potato plantings from 2016 and this should give growers confidence when it comes to negotiating sales. Across the UK and Europe there is a similar story regarding harvesting progress with many areas well behind. The heavy rain in recent weeks in parts of northern Europe will lead to harvest losses as many fields have been flooded.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices Reported to IFA 

Low High Average
Rooster Box (new season) €300 €350 €330
Rooster 10kg (new season) €3.20 €3.80 €3.50
Whites (new season) €250 €280 €260
Kerr Pink 10kg (new season) €3.70 €4.50 €4.00
 Queens 10kg €2.80 €3.50 €3.00

he variable weather conditions continue to interrupt lifting of main crop potatoes, however, all areas of the country are seeing at least some activity.

As lifting progresses we are getting better indications of actual yields. Initial reports indicate there is much variation throughout the country, with some areas yielding slightly ahead of last year and others behind.

However, taking the country as a whole it would appear that yields will be similar to last year with no significant increase.

Many of the early mainncrop suppliers report that demand from buyers has been strong and many are now finished or have most of the crop moved, which is encouraging.

There are significant levels of scab throughout the country and at this stage growers should be moving these into the peeling sector. As in any year, it is very important that this market is fully supplied with Irish product.

Farm gate prices for rooster into the peeling sector are ranging from €170 to €220 in tonne boxes depending on quality, prior agreements etc.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster Box (new season) €300 €380 €340
Rooster 10kg (new season) €3.50 €4.00 €3.75
Whites (new season) €250 €300 €270
Kerr Pink 10kg (new season) €4.00 €5.00 €4.50
 Queens 10kg €2.80 €3.50 €3.00

 

Demand remains strong, although wet conditions have interrupting supply in certain areas particuarly in the North West.Growers are beginning to lift for store at this stage which will ease pressure in the free buy market. The IFA annual variety and area  survey is now completed and it shows similar results to the earlier figures released by the DAFM  which indicate no increase for potato plantings this year. The varieties which have had relative substantial area increases are the fresh chip and salad varieties while kerrs pinks have had a substantial reduction of 9%. Producers are beginning to send rooster for the peeling market and returns have been helped by the 5% increase in the value of sterling over the past week. The fact that certain customers are demanding yellow flesh varieties and rooster in particular is also helping the market.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box (new season) €300 €380 €340
Rooster 10kg (new season) €3.50 €4.00 €3.75
Whites (new season) €250 €300 €270
Kerr Pink 10kg (new season) €4.00 €5.00 €4.50
 Queens 10kg €2.80 €3.50 €3.00

More new season main crop is now arriving on the market, however, demand is increasing to match the supply. Farm gate prices are steady this week and with retailers returning similar margins to last year it is not acceptable for merchants to introduce any further reductions.

Reports would suggest that yields so far are very variable but it is still too early to make any judgements on average yield. In the UK prices have been under pressure as growers with contracts have being moving product which is excess to store. With lifting well advanced prices would appear to have settled and bottomed out at this stage.

Yields are reported to be average or just above in most areas, however, there may be quality issues with product which may manifest itself later on in store.


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