As new potato lifting gets under way in parts of the south and south- west, Maris Peer salad potatoes are just being planted at Clearbank, near Marykirk, Grampian. The 13ha (33 acres) is rented by grower/merchant Clarence Murray of Laurencekirk. The company, which grows over 200ha (500 acres) in total, is primarily into seed production. But the salad potatoes, which should be ready for harvesting in August, help spread the work-load, says managing director, Douglas Mitchell. Planting is generally behind schedule in Scotland following a cold April.