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Potato growers have now turned their attention to analysing their year and stocks from the 2018 harvest.  Growers have reported to be happy with trade and are expecting a further boost in trade as buyers are filling their supplies for the Christmas market.

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Potato growers are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel as the potato harvest of 2018 draws to a close. Unlike previous years, there has been little disruption to the harvest as both ground and weather conditions were favourable throughout the digging season.

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Digging continues nationwide with many growers finished their harvest. Growers are reported to be reasonably happy with the harvest so far which has been made easier with excellent weather and ground conditions experienced.

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Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

 

  Low High Average
Rooster box (New season) €515 €575 €530
Rooster 10kg bags (New Season) €6.00 €6.75 €6.30
Whites box (New season) €500 €550 €525
Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season) €6.25 €6.75 €6.50

 

 

The high levels of rainfall which have fallen in the past week has made ground conditions more challenging for digging crops of potatoes and many growers have been stopped up for the past week.. The mild conditions and excellent ground conditions in the past few weeks allowed growers to harvest their crops at ease. The majority of digging has been completed in the South east and southern areas of the country while digging continues to progress in the North East. According to reports from growers around the country, it is estimated that 60% of the potato harvest has been completed in the North East and Donegal, 75% in the South and up to 90% completed in the South East. Stocks of queens are now gone  and queens have left the market and growers are happy with the trade for queens this year and the stable price received over the past few months. Prices are remaining stable nationwide with very little change reported from growers. Meanwhile, in the UK, the total area planted in potatoes this year is down by 4.4% on last years plantings. Trade is strong in the UK with many growers holding out for better prices. The inclement weather conditions has also halted digging progess in the UK over the past week, especially in the North of the country.

 

 

The excellent ground conditions and mild temperatures continue to keep a smile on the faces of potato growers as they are working their way through their crops of potatoes. Growers are hoping that the favourable conditions continue as harvest is behind with many growers especially in the North-east of the country reporting to be behind on digging compared to this time last year. However, many growers in the South-east of the country have finished their harvest for 2018 and yield is reported to be variable and dependent on variety and if crop was irrigated during drought period or not. Prices are remaining stable with very little change reported as increased volumes enter the market on a weekly basis as digging progresses. Queens will exit the market inside the next few days with growers reporting to be running very low on supplies. Meanwhile in Europe, due to the summer drought, the eating potato crop is forecast to be nearly 20% smaller than last year. Growers are struggling to fill contracted supplies while some growers are benefiting from the strong free trade prices as a result.

Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA

Low High Average
Rooster box (New season) €515 €575 €530
Rooster 10kg bags (New Season) €6.00 €6.75 €6.30
Whites box (New season) €500 €550 €525
Queens box €450 €550 €500
Queens 10kg bags €5.00 €6.00 €5.50
Kerr Pinks 10kg (New season) €6.00 €6.50 €6.25

 


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