Bruising becoming an issue for potato lifting in Wales

Potato lifting was progressing well for suppliers to Pembrokeshire-based Puffin Produce, said the firm’s Barry Gaskell.

“We’ve been very lucky here – we haven’t had the flooding and wet weather that other people have had.” The ability to get on spraying at any time meant potato quality was good, with no rot problems, he said.

Harvest was a little earlier than normal, and yields, which varied from about 45-59t/ha (18-24t/acre), were averaging about 54t/ha (22t/acre).

The maincrop varieties, which were all heading to the cold store, were lifting well and had good skin finish, but conditions had dried out so much that they were now getting some bruising, said Mr Gaskell. “We’re talking of irrigating next week before lifting.”

Crop: Maincrop potatoes
Yield: 54t/ha (22t/acre)


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