With the week of wet weather just passed and no settled weather forecasted, it is most likely that a lot of the crop that remains in the ground will not be lifted until next spring. Reports around the country indicate that a lot of growers still have 15%-20% of crop left to harvest.
Farm gate prices should rise as it is now likely that there will be a reduction in volumes available to the market. In the U.K., price increases remain in place this week particularly for good quality contracted supply. Growers are reminded not to rule out supplying the peeling market at this time.
Lifting progress dominates much of the European press once again this week. In France and Belgium only about 2% to 3% of the crop remains to be lifted. Most of this is on heavy land next to the Channel coast line. In the Netherlands around 6% remains to be lifted and reports suggest that half will be lifted and half will remain in the ground. The rain has eased in the U.K., however saturated soils mean that severe lifting conditions persist.
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|