Retail sales and consumption have seen a small boost and stabilisation since September has arrived. The sale of queens in particular has picked up since the return of the school season. Most regions have received rainfall since last Friday, it is reported that this could cause more harm than good in some regions due to the potential for second growth.
There are increased reports of small numbers and low yields on early crop being lifted. High dry matters are also making lifting very difficult especially in the south east of the country. There is increased demand for chipping varieties, especially with how the growing year in the U.K. is unfolding.
The past 12 months have been the most difficult on record for potato farmers, with spiralling input costs and drought conditions. There is serious concern about the inflated cost of production for next year and many growers are considering their options now for next season. Increased margin must be passed back to growers immediately.
In the U.K, lifting conditions are described are ‘harsh’ and there have been rejections this week again for bruising and damage. Wireworm damage is also on the increase and dry matter levels are often very high. Showers in the west have helped lifting but have not done much for the crop. It has been a dry week again across the majority of Europe and processors are bracing themselves for some significant reductions in yield of maincrop. Many crops are being irrigated before lifting.