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Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box €500 €520 €510
Rooster10 kg bag €5.50 €6.00 €5.75
Queens 10kg bag €7 €9 €8

 

 

Across Europe crops are generally looking very good but drought is beginning to cause concern. There is potential for quite good yields where irrigation is available. Irrigation is taking place in many parts of the country for the main crop following the dry period last week.

Quantities of early crop are improving every week and excellent quality is reported. Growers in the south east are reporting that more than 2/3rd of the early crop are harvested to date. In the UK increasing volumes of early crops are coming available also and the quality is looking good.  Retail demand is high for the new season crop however growers are advised not to flood the market and make every effort to keep steady supply.

Reports indicate that Agria crop (for chipping) in Spain has reduced in price and increased supplies are coming into Ireland as the UK move over to new crop.

Old season crop is getting low and only merchants have significant supplies remaining. Reports from the peeling trade indicate that the peeling market has improved significantly as the tourism trade is reaching peak time. Again, growers are reminded not to rule out supplying the peeling market.

The risk of blight should improve this week as fresher weather conditions prevail for the coming week.

 

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box €500 €520 €510
Rooster10 kg bag €5.50 €6.00 €5.75
Queens 10kg bag €8 €10 €9

 

Ground conditions are very much improved for parts of the country that were affected by flooding conditions and subsequently halted fieldwork. Another dry warm week has alleviated this and irrigation is on the agenda again. Irrigation is now ‘full on’ in many parts of the UK as soils are drying very quickly.

Lifting of Queens continue and some more volumes should become available this week. Retail demand is high for the new season crop. Old season crop will be required until September however growers are advised to not rule out supplying the peeling market.

Growers are reminded of the increased risk of blight as very humid conditions conducive to the spread of blight prevail for most of Munster, Connaught and Ulster. Met Eireann predict that fresher conditions are expected for the weekend. In the UK levels of virus are high in some crops and Blackleg is much more apparent than last year.

 

As continental Europe has switched to new crop supplies closer to home, the export trade is very limited. The North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) have predicted an annual area expansion of 3% for continental Europe.

Dry warmer weather last week was welcomed to alleviate the poor fieldwork conditions in some parts of the country. Overall crops are looking good and yields should be boosted by the recent warm spell.

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Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

Low High Average
Rooster box €500 €520 €510
Rooster10 kg bag €5.50 €6.00 €5.75
Whites Box €500 €550 €525
Kerr Pink 10kg bag €6.00 €6.50 €6.25
Golden Wonder box €680 €720 €700

 

 

Over the past week rainfall was the predominate feature in Europe although it is still quite dry in South East Europe. Soil water tables and moisture levels were replenished for most parts of the country after the heavy rainfall experienced over the past week, however wet and heavy soil conditions in parts of the country impeded fieldwork.

 

The price of the old crop remains firm for good quality. In the U.K price increases of “£20 p.t” on some lines of old crop washed whites were reported.

 

Reports from growers indicate that the majority of Premiere and Home Guard early crops are lifted in the south east. Lifting of Queens continues this week, however parts of the country have ground to a halt due to poor soil conditions. Overall the 2019 crop is coming along well with no major issues reported. The recent wet conditions have caused difficult spraying routines for some growers. The week ahead should allow this to continue as normal.

 

Initial estimates of total potato acreage planted in the UK by AHDB in the UK indicate that the 2019 crop year is one of the lowest on record at 118kha. Normally a higher priced year incentivises increased planting. The 2019 figures in the UK do not follow this trend mainly attributed to a tighter seed market. In France, industry sources without starch and seed put the planted area at 2.1% higher than last year. Provisional figures from DAFM indicate that the area of planted potatoes is up about 3% on last year. More detailed information on planting figures will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Across Europe exports have slowed dramatically due to the lack of continuity of supply available.

 

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box €500 €520 €510
Rooster10 kg bag €5.50 €6.00 €5.75
Whites Box €500 €550 €525
Kerr Pink 10kg bag €6.00 €6.50 €6.25
Golden Wonder box €680 €720 €700

 

 

 

Potato consumption remains high due to the weather experienced over the past few weeks.  Stock levels are rapidly depleting as we move forward in the season, this is also the case in the U.K.

 

Rainfall levels have put a stop to early liftings in some parts of the country. It was reported among growers this week that harvesting has stopped due to wetter weather in the Mid-East. Cold wet weather over the last few weeks has slowed the development of the crop and led to wet ground conditions for harvesting.  Lifting of the early crop continues in the Southeast this week and is expected to continue for another two weeks. Growers are reporting prices of €30 for 10kg bags of Queens. With recent cold weather and harvest conditions deteriorated for this time of year, heavy volumes will be pushed out until late July. In Scotland crops are showing signs of wind damage and more heavy rain is expected.

 

Thunderstorms have been experienced across much of Europe over the past week, with up to 90mm falling in places. Surprisingly in France and Germany irrigation is still taking place in the main growing areas.

 

In terms of exports movement to Eastern Europe is slowing but small quantities will be moving over the next two weeks.

 

 

 


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