08 August 1997
Wet weather could mean potato shortage
By Farmers Weekly Staff
IF the damp, humid conditions continue through August and September, the worst blight for 20 years could lead to a potato shortage, according to the British Potato Council.
One of the wettest Junes on record had led to stretched spraying intervals, enabling the disease to enter the crop.
British Potato Council market information manager Rob Burrow said although the degree of infection varied in the early crops, most of the country had been hit. He said it was too early to see how the main crop would cope, though there was obvious concern about blight damage developing in storage.