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IFA Potato Market Report Tuesday 17/07/2018

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.70 €3.20 €2.90
Whites €200 €250 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €3.20 €3.70 €3.50
Golden Wonder 10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

 

New season early potatoes remain scarce as we still await the April plantings. Some of the March sown crops are coming on the market this week, however, many have not been irrigated and yields are below 3 tonne per acre.

There was some rain fall over the weekend but moisture deficits in the east are still up to 90mm and the outlook for Queen crops without water is not good.

The most recent survey of remaining stocks of old season crop would indicate that there is only sufficient volume to supply retail until the end of August. New season main crop will not be available until the end of August and this will be expensive with only limited quantities available. There will be no cheap new season crop available in the UK either. This will result in the peeling and processing sectors having to up the farm gate price in order to secure the required amounts of old season crop.

IFA Potato Market Report Tuesday 10/07/2018

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.70 €3.20 €2.90
Whites €200 €250 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €3.20 €3.70 €3.50
Golden Wonder10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

 

Demand has picked up again this week as temperatures have cooled compared to recent highs. Early crop still remains scarce as we wait for the April plantings.

There were some crops planted in March however, these are not irrigated and therefore development is stagnant. In general, crop development is very slow in both early and main crop. In the worst case scenarios some crop will not survive unless sufficient rainfall occurs in the near-term. Other growers report crops flowering already before they have even met in the rows.

The situation is similar across the UK and most of North Western Europe with the April 2019 Futures price now trading 20% higher than the similar position last year. These further delays and yield reductions in the 2018 crop bode well for old season crop still in store. It is now certain that this crop will be needed going forward and this week growers have received significant farm gate price increases in the wholesale and peeling sectors on the back of this realisation.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.40 €3.00 €2.60
Whites €180 €230 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €3.20 €3.70 €3.50
 Golden Wonder10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

 

Sales of old season potatoes continue to be limited by the high temperatures. Demand in the peeling sector however remains more positive as we enter the holiday season and more people are dining out.

There is still a limited supply of new season potatoes on the market with prices remaining very stable as demand far exceeds supply. It now appears that improved supplies of new season crop will not be available for another two weeks at least.

Most of the first earlies i.e. Premier and HomeGuard are now cleared from the south and south east and we must now wait for the next batch of earlies which weren’t planted until mid April.

Potato crops are now very stressed due to the drought conditions. Where irrigation is available, it is doing little more than keeping crops alive when temperatures are so high. This is delaying the harvest date for main crop even further and, means that old crop in cold storage will be needed into October, particularly for the peeling and processing markets.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.40 €3.00 €2.60
Whites €180 €230 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €3.20 €3.70 €3.50
 Golden Wonder 10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

Potato sales were more positive last week, however, they have been hit again due to the high temperatures this week. On the other hand, due to the limited supply, growers harvesting first earlies cannot keep pace with demand.

The more general availability of earlies has been pushed back further, as crops stall in the high temperatures. All main crop is now struggling in this heat but crops without irrigation are very stressed with a potential major reduction in yield now on the cards.

In the UK, most areas now have moisture deficits with an amber warning for drought conditions having being recently issued. It’s quite varied across Europe, however, most areas are suffering from low soil moistures with Poland in particular suffering badly. These conditions have been reflected in the potato futures price, as it took a major jump higher this week.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €240 €300 €260
Rooster 10kg €2.40 €3.00 €2.60
Whites €180 €230 €210
Kerr Pink 10kg €3.20 €3.70 €3.50
 Golden Wonder10kg €4.50 €5.50 €5.00

More of the outdoor new season crop has appeared on the market this week. However, yields continue to disappoint even where irrigation was applied.

It appears, there will  only be sufficient volumes to supply roadside and local sales over the coming weeks, with the larger retailers having to wait until production increases in July.

Sales of old season crop have improved in the past week and demand in the peeling market remains strong. Although farm gate prices in the peeling sector have only marginally improved in recent weeks, it is worth considering that product for this market will still be required into October due to the late season.

The prolonged dry spell is continuing, with areas in the south east and east having received virtually no rain in over seven weeks. Potato crops which were planted in April are now under severe stress where irrigation is not available. With little rain forecast for the next 10days later planted crops will also fall into this category.

 


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