By FWi staff
WET weather over the past few days has hampered lifting of this years early potatoes, the British Potato Council reported today.
A start was made in Pembrokeshire over the Bank Holiday weekend, but was halted today because of rain, according to Rob Burrow, BPC information manager. The local weather forecast remains poor for the next few days. Prices are put at 650-700/tonne for varieties Swift and Premiere. Yields are 7.5t/ha in Pembrokeshire and 6t/ha in Anglesey.
Progress is continuing in parts of Cornwall, however, with an estimated 100 tonnes moved. Ex-farm prices are 580-620/tonne but trade is described as “steady”. Yields are disappointing at about 10-14t/ha. Tuber numbers are low in many crops and more warmth is required to promote growth.
Lifting on Jersey is forging ahead but wet fields are limiting the use of harvesters. Poor growing conditions are likely to limit this years harvest to 50,000 tonnes compared with 57,000 tonnes last season. Fewer than 6,500 tonnes were lifted by 4 May, compared with 11,131 tonnes by the same date last year.