Dry weather for the past week has alleviated lifting conditions for growers and progress is mainly on track now. Several reports from growers indicate that main crop yields are average, or just below average, this year. This is mainly attributed to growth cracks and greening because crops were too close to drills. The food service sector remains under significant pressure as the prospect of further restrictions around the country looms.
Liftings continue at pace this week across the country as weather conditions have improved. This should allow for the final Queen crops to be lifted this week. Conditions are still challenging in parts of the country and growers are behind schedule at this stage. Retail demand remains quite strong, however, there is some uncertainty around the food service sector as ‘wet pubs’ can re-open from Monday.
Demand remains buoyant as more new-season crop comes onto supermarket shelves. Once again, harvesting conditions remain very difficult. There are significant delays as soft areas are prominent even in traditionally drier fields. The liftings of the remaining Queen crops are much slower in some parts of the country because of this. Lifting of new season Kerr Pinks has commenced this week and prices reported from growers are in the region of €6.50 in 10kg bags.
The potato market remains stable this week as schools return. With no let-up in wet weather the lifting of crops continues to be affected, limiting the supply of new season maincrop onto the market. Old season stocks are diminishing with strong demand for good quality stock. The Queen market remains buoyant as lifting finishes in parts of the country.
The potato market has picked up significantly this week. Queens continue to sell well with no pressure on prices. Growers are content to keep remaining supplies ticking over in the market. All retailers are now selling new season Rooster in prepacks. The recent wet weather has affected lifting of crops, therefore, limiting the supply of new season maincrop onto the market.