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The fine weather over the past week has stifled demand for potatoes somewhat, however, demand remains adequate for the available supplies.

With most of the premier gone from the south and south east, growers in the Dublin area are now harvesting their first earlies. The supply of queens has improved, however, once the early plantings are finished their will be a gap in the market until the March plantings are fit for harvest.

Buyers are reporting that customers are favouring the Irish earlies over imported product due to the superior eating quality of the home produced potatoes.

In Europe, many countries and in particular Belgium are suffering from drought conditions. Despite the increase in acreage, production volumes could be severely affected and this was reflected in the sudden increase of the European futures price by over €40 per tonne at the end of last week.

Ex-farm potato prices reported to IFA

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €320 €360 €340
Rooster 10kg €3.50 €4.00 €3.75
Kerr’s Pinks 10kg €3.20 €3.60 €3.30
Whites Box €300 €330 €310

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

Low High Average
Rooster Box €320 €360 €340
Rooster 10kg €3.50 €4.00 €3.75
Kerr’s Pinks 10kg €3.20 €3.60 €3.30
Whites Box €300 €330 €310
Golden Wonder 10kg €5.50 €6.00 €5.75

More of the outdoor,  first early  Irish potatoes have appeared on  the market this week.

This is two weeks earlier than last year and should give a longer window for sales of all early potatoes this year. Initial reports suggest that eating quality is very good however, as always growers need to remain patient and ensure immature product is not placed on the market. No large quantities of early,  southern European potatoes have entered the market here and those that have are on the expensive side. The early crop across northern Europe has been delayed by up to two weeks due to the frosts in April. Old season potato stocks are now very thin on the ground across the region and prices remain strong. The warmer weather here in Ireland has affected consumption however it is still normal for the time of year. The combination of small stocks; the seasonal improvement in the peeling market and grower confidence will keep farm gate prices on the high side for the remainder of the season.

 

 

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €320 €360 €340
Rooster 10kg €3.50 €4.00 €3.75
Kerr’s Pinks 10kg €3.20 €3.60 €3.30
Whites Box €300 €330 €310
Golden Wonder 10kg €5.50 €6.00 €5.75

 

The first of the outdoor early potatoes hit the market this week. These premier and home guard were planted in January however, there will be very limited supply in the market until March, when planted crops come on stream. These crops are currently returning €18/10kg box ex-farm but yields are described as very light.

Prices for old season crop are holding firm, with some growers in the wholesale market securing increases again this week. Growers who are not pushing for price increases need to evaluate their production costs, as they are not accounting for storage costs. At this stage, it has cost growers at least €70/tonne to store potatoes until now and to be still receiving prices which are the same as last January is unsustainable.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

Low High Average
Rooster Box €320 €360 €340
Rooster 10kg €3.50 €4.00 €3.70
Kerr’s Pinks 10kg €3.20 €3.60 €3.30
Whites Box €300 €330 €310
Golden Wonder 10kg €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

Demand for potatoes remains reasonable although supply probably increased a little this week as some growers went back grading now that land work is finished. However, stocks remain on the low side with growers still getting enquiries for sale so supply will tighten quickly again.

There were price increases on the wholesale and peeling markets again this week with some peelers offered €250/tonne for the right product. Planting is now virtually finished, and while emerged crops were struggling for moisture before last weekend, they have probably got enough rain to sustain them for now.

In Europe, frost damage over the past while has reduced the chances of an early harvest and with the tight supply of old crop in store, confidence has been sustained in the markets. As a result, the June futures price has increased and is now trading at a premium of €70/tonne on average compared to last year.

 

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster Box €320 €360 €340
Rooster 10kg €3.50 €4.00 €3.70
Kerrs Pinks 10kg €3.20 €3.60 €3.30
Whites Box €300 €330 €310
Golden Wonder 10kg €5.00 €6.00 €5.50

 

The first of the Irish new season glasshouse potato crops are now on the market. Strong interest is reported from buyers with farm gate prices at around the €2/kg mark.

It is anticipated that the first of the new season outdoor crops will be ready around the June bank holiday.

At this stage, early crops are suffering due to the dry conditions along with some instances of blight, particularly under fleeced crops. These factors may have serious implications for yields come harvest time. The most recent survey of potato stocks would indicate that there is two weeks less supply when compared to last year however, weather conditions, volumes of new season crops, etc. will naturally affect the market for the rest of the season.

Plantings are virtually finished throughout the country. There are reports that some growers are being offered extra land, however, at this stage with area increases and excellent planting progress across Europe it would be foolhardy to take a risk on this.

 


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