The return of wet weather conditions means that unfortunately liftings have failed to progress over the last week. Many growers indicate that 10% of their crops remain to be harvested. For some individual cases 30-40% of crops remain to be harvested mainly in the Dublin/Louth region.
With clearer weather in the U.K. last week growers made a final attempt to get crops out of the ground. The majority of freshly lifted crops are going straight to market. Crops remaining in the ground will most likely remain there until next Spring. One of the main concerns for crops remaining in the ground is that fry colour will be affected and a proportion of the crop may be unusable. Best quality crops supplies are continuing to demand a premium price.
In Europe markets were largely supplied from the final liftings off fields and from stocks not suitable for longer storage for the past month. The ready availability held the prices steady.
Ex-Farm Potato Prices reported to IFA
|Rooster10 kg bag||€3.70||€4.20||€4.00|
|K Pinks 10kg bag||€5.00||€5.50||€5.20|