14 December 2000
Lifting potatoes; marketing beetroot
I HAVE two questions:
First, its very difficult to lift potatoes at the moment. Is it possible to do this without shaking them and without carrying to much soil in the trailer?
Second – and this may sound like a silly question – do you know if its possible to export beetroots and if so, at what price?
ADVICE here is to leave the potatoes in the ground until the soil has dried out, but I appreciate you need to drill a following crop.
I suggest you contact an agronomist at the British Potato Council (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) who should be able to help.
As for exporting beetroots, if you mean beetroots, I suggest you contact the Horticultural Export Agency on +44 (0) 1507 601919.
If you mean sugar beet then contact Simon Fisher at British Sugar on +44 (0) 1487 830376 e-mail: e-mail: sfisher@BritishSugar.co.uk.