Market Report Austria KW 25/2019:

'New potatoes are in demand, brisk demand for winter onions'

This season, the Austrian new potato market manifests a completely unfamiliar picture. Normally in June, the yields per hectare and thus the available supply will rise rapidly, with producer prices coming under pressure. This year, everything is different. After the delay caused by the wet and cold May, the heatwave that has lasted for two weeks in eastern Austria, with temperatures of over 30 degrees, is causing a very limited increase in potato fields. In many places, the yield per hectare in Burgenland and Lower Austria continues to be 20 tonnes.

In addition, in non-irrigated areas, the harvesting had to be stopped due to the drought. The limited supply, however, is offset by brisk demand from domestic food retailing. Prices are stable at the level of the previous week, and in some cases even producer prices have been going up again. In Lower Austria and Burgenland, 40 to 45 Euro / 100 kg were generally paid at the beginning of the week. In Upper Austria, harvest work is progressing rapidly with yields per hectare of around 30 tonnes. The early potato prices remained at 50 euros / 100 kg, also unchanged from the previous week.

Brisk demand for winter onions
The Austrian onion market has started well in the new crop year. The 2018 stores are completely cleared and since last weekend the first winter onions are available. The available volumes are still quite manageable, being met with great interest, both domestic and for exports. New harvest onions, cleaned and sorted in the box, depending on the quality go for 65 to 70 Euro / 100 kg.

Stable carrot market
The Lower Austrian Carrot Market is quite stable. The marketing of the last storage carrots is almost completed. Price-wise, there are no changes. In the Marchfeld, the early carrot harvest is expected to start next weekend.

Source: LKÖ

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