Potato Market Update 28th July
Last week’s heat wave caused for a drop in consumption and demand but it is improving this week as cooler conditions return. There are reports of many crops under a lot of heat stress following record temperatures last week. This has stunted some crops and yields are reported to be reduced as a result. A lot of queens are finished along the east coast and volumes in supermarkets are increasing. Weather conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight are currently in place especially for parts of Donegal, and the north east. Spraying opportunities will be limited due to weather conditions.
Storm conditions have wreaked havoc across Europe. Rainfall totals were up to 120 and 150mm in the worst hit areas which included the main early processing area in Germany, South Eastern Holland, East Belgium and North Eastern France There was an exceptional 200 mm over three days in the centre of this block. Some growers have already resigned themselves to serious crop losses. Old crop values have risen sharply, particularly in Germany and Belgium in the last week.
|Rooster 10 kg||€3.60||€4.20||€3.90|
|New Season Queens 10 kg bag||€7.50||€8.50||€8|