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Potato Market Update 17th May

Consumption is reported as strong as stocks significantly tighten again this week. Planting progress has significantly improved aided by improved weather conditions across the country. Prices for the peeling stock market remains strong as quotations are above €350/tonne. It is reported that the first of this year’s early potatoes will be ready for harvest in Wexford within the next two weeks. A blight warning period has been issued by Met Éireann for the next five days.

In Northern Europe, weather conditions have significantly improved over the past week allowing plantings to continue. At the end of last week it was reported that only 40% of maincrop planted, the slowest progress for the last 14 years. In relation to later maturing variates, evidence from past seasons shows that acceptable yields can still be obtained if there is good weather in August and September but maturity will be delayed, putting a lot of pressure on lifting in October. Germany reports that there has been steady movement for export to Eastern Europe and Spain but stores are now expected to be empty “in the coming weeks”.

In the U.K, improved weather conditions have been reported across the country allowing good planting progress to be made. Demand is reported to good whilst buyers restock to keep pace with the trade. Buyers have been looking for free buy salads including M.Peer this week and remaining stocks are now clearing. 

Rooster box€480€530€500
Rooster 10 kg €5€5.50€5.25

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