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Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

Low High Average
Rooster box (New season) €515 €575 €530
Rooster 10kg bags (New Season) €6.00 €6.75 €6.30
Whites box (New season) €500 €550 €525
Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season) €6.25 €6.75 €6.50
Golden Wonder 10kg (New Season) €6.50 €7.00 €6.75

Digging continues nationwide with many growers finished their harvest. Growers are reported to be reasonably happy with the harvest so far which has been made easier with excellent weather and ground conditions experienced. Growers that have finished harvesting their potatoes have reported to be disappointed with yield but reasonably happy with quality. Yield was expected to fall dramatically on previous years during the drought period when growth ceased and secondary growths became a problem, however growers have reported that yields are on irrigated crops are lower than expected while yields on non irrigated crops on heavier ground are higher than expected. No price change has been reported over the past week with the tonne box of rooster trading at €530. Stocks of Queens are now fully gone and queens are running scarce at supermarket level also. Meanwhile in the UK, most growers now having finished lifting, and with crops in store, are monitoring price movements.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box (New season) €515 €575 €530
Rooster 10kg bags (New Season) €6.00 €6.75 €6.30
Whites box (New season) €500 €550 €525
Queens box €450 €550 €500
Queens 10kg bags €5.00 €6.00 €5.50
Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season) €6.00 €6.50 €6.25

 

The excellent ground conditions and mild temperatures continue to keep a smile on the faces of Potato growers as they are working their way through their crops of Potatoes. Growers are hoping that the favourable conditions continue as harvest is behind with many growers especially in the North East of the country reporting to be behind on digging compared to this time last year.  However, many growers in the South East of the country have finished their harvest for 2018 and yield is reported to be variable and dependent on variety and if crop was irrigated during drought period or not. Prices are remaining stable with very little change reported as increased volumes enter the market on a weekly basis as digging progresses.  Queens will exit the market inside the next few days with growers reporting to be running very low on supplies.  Meanwhile in Europe, due to the summer drought, the eating potato crop is forecast to be nearly 20% smaller than last year. Growers are struggling to fill contracted supplies while some growers are benefiting from the strong free trade prices as a result.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box (New season) €515 €575 €530
Rooster 10kg bags (New Season) €6.00 €6.75 €6.30
Whites box (New season) €500 €550 €525
Queens box €450 €550 €500
Queens 10kg bags €5.00 €6.00 €5.50
Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season) €6.00 €6.50 €6.25

 

Digging is progressing well around the country with many farmers at different stages of lifting their crop from the ground. Many growers in the South East of the country have finished their harvest while growers in the North East are progressing with their harvest with many growers at the early stages of digging. Growers are happy with the dry matter percentages after the difficult year experienced with excellent ground conditions for digging nationwide. According to growers around the country, yields are variable and are very dependent on variety and whether the crop was irrigated or not during the drought period. Stocks of Queens are running short with growers expecting to be fully out of Queens in a weeks time. Prices are remaining relatively stable and have dipped slightly in the past few weeks due to increased volumes on the market. Meanwhile, across Europe and in the UK, rain restricted digging progress since the weekend but was welcome in many areas as it has improved the digging conditions in dry areas and replenished moisture levels in the soil.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
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 box €450 €550 €500
Queens 10kg bags €5.00 €6.00 €5.50
Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season) €6.00 €7.00 €6.00

 

 

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 at the minute 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.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

Low High Average
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 box €450 €550 €500
Queens 10kg bags €5.00 €6.00 €5.50
Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season) €6.00 €7.00 €6.00

 

 

Potato growers are currently busy digging crops, with mainly early sown crops being sold at retail level. According to reports from growers around the country, although yields are variable, the potatoes are of excellent quality. In the south east of the country, early sown potatoes, which were sprouted at planting, have produced average yields, whilst later sown crops’ yields are significantly less. Digging is reportedly prorgessing well in this area, with many growers having at least half of their crop lifted out of the ground. Meanwhile, in the north of the country in Donegal, there is a small percentage of potatoes dug so far with most crops now burned off.  Farm gate prices remain stable across all product lines. Over in Europe, the main concern among potato growers is not being able to fill contracted supply. Germany has estimated their potato production to be down by 3 million tonnes with losses of 20% up to 50% depending on the farm and level of irrigation.


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