By FWi staff

RECENT rain has been welcomed by many potato growers,

Last weeks hot weather had seen irrigators stretched to the limit and crops suffering from the heat.

Earlier fears of a potato glut have now receded as the hot weather has reduced yield expectations, noted the British Potato Council (BPC).

Trade remains slow as buyers wait to see how the weather affects the market.

Quality bulk movement is for set-skin bakers, with varieties such as Adora, Marfona and Estima at £60-£85/t and best samples trading up to £100/t.

Salad potatoes are selling between £100-£130/t, while Maris Peer for packing are at £60/t.

Demand for chipping is leading the bag trade, with most material selling between £40-£45/t. However, a number of local sales have been quoted at about £50/t.

Top-quality bagged samples are selling up to £80/t for direct sales, although the average range is £40-£60/t.

The BPC first weekly maincrop average was quoted this week at £84.03/t. This compares with an average in 1998 of £134.03/t.