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Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box (new season) €400 €450 €425
Rooster10 kg bag €4.20 €5.00 €4.50
Queens 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50
Pinks €5.00 €5.50 €5.20

 

Dryer weather this week is welcomed by areas where harvesting conditions are problematic, particularly Donegal. This dry period will hopefully aid the digging of the main Rooster crop. National Potato Day takes place on October 4th this year. National Potato Day encourages consumers to purchase Irish potatoes and growers are encouraged to support any events taking place.

 

An initial estimation by NPEG which represents the five biggest producing countries in Northern Europe indicates that total production is 3% higher than the running average and 12% higher       than last year at around 27 to 27.5 mt’s.  Average yield estimations appear to be lower than the  five-year average but higher than last years’ drought hit figures.

 

In the UK there are expectations that the market will tighten as stocks are lifted into stores. Later in the season, export demand is likely to develop from Eastern Europe where drought and heavy rain has potentially restricted production.

 

 

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box (new season) €430 €475 €450
Rooster10 kg bag €4.50 €5.50 €4.75
Queens 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

A lot of early crop Rooster growers will finish up harvesting this week. Rainfall is continuing to cause problems for harvesting particularly in Donegal. Some growers have resumed harvesting this week but conditions are quite poor. Digging of the main season crop is expected to commence in the next two weeks.

Reports from the UK indicate that yields are only reasonable, generally described as “good to average but not exceptional”. This is similar here as initial tuber numbers appear to be low.

Farmers are reminded to remain vigilant for blight as weather conditions conducive to blight are present.

In Europe some reports indicate that free-buying prices for frying potatoes are under pressure as processors concentrate on contracted supply. In many mainland countries early yields are only back slightly on the five-year average and significantly up on last year’s crop, which was severely affected by drought.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

Low High Average
Rooster box (new season) €430 €475 €450
Rooster10 kg bag €4.50 €5.50 €4.75
Queens 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

Sales of early potatoes particularly Queens were reported to very strong this season which is a reflection of the excellent quality on offer. This augurs well for the main season crops, with early reports suggesting that movement is very positive. A survey of early crop Rooster growers indicates that most will be finished harvesting by the end of next week.

Recent rainfall has delayed harvesting in some areas particularly in Donegal where growers are struggling to make progress with early main crop. Initial yield reports are still pointing to low tuber numbers around the country.

Across the UK and Europe, the harvest is progressing well with prices remaining steady. In France and Germany, the trade for fresh potatoes in particular remains strong with exports to Eastern Europe still continuing.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box (new season) €450 €500 €475
Rooster10 kg bag €5.00 €5.00 €5.00
Queens 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

Consumption is expected to increase this week as schools re-open after the summer break.

Favorable weather has improved digging conditions in areas that were affected by heavy rain last week however, digging of new season Rooster is taking a back seat this week as a lot of farmers are busy harvesting cereals.

Reports from growers indicate that tubers numbers are low and yields will be only average. Quality is very good and there is good demand for the new crop to date. Digging of Kerr Pinks commenced last week with product available in wholesale markets.

Across the continent, exports to Eastern Europe including Poland have slowed as availability from mainland Europe increases.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster box (new season) €500 €500 €500
Rooster10 kg bag €5.50 €5.50 €5.50
Queens 10kg bag €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

Virtually all stocks of Queen potatoes are now cleared. Demand is high for remaining stocks and merchants are actively seeking them if they are available.

Digging of new season Rooster continues and increased pre-pack volumes are available on supermarket shelves this week. Supermarkets are expected to move on to 7.5kg bags in the next two weeks. Excellent quality is reported to date of the main season crop.

In the UK, lifting of the main season crop and quality was hindered in some regions due to wet weather. Crop losses were reported in the North West caused by lifting hindrance and potatoes lying in waterlogged ground. Export movement to Poland continues although demand has reduced this week as there has been a National Holiday. Some independent buyers in Poland speculate that demand for 45mm x 60mm whites will continue all season.


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