Consumption of potatoes is down this week due to the warmer weather conditions. In the UK, trade in the bag market was subdued over the week however prices for top quality are increasing as supplies become harder to find.
First crop of earlies on the market early June
Planting is now complete for most regions. The first crop of earlies can be expected on the market in early June. The planted areas in Belgium and Holland are expected to be higher this year. Rainfall across the country last week was welcomed for the development of the early crop. This rainfall was also welcomed in mainland Europe last week but it was not enough to remove concern about water table levels for the season. As we approach another forecast dry week, irrigation may begin soon in certain parts of the country.
This week the demand for export to Eastern Europe continues but movement is very dependent on haulage availability.