Potato Market update 11th March

Irish potatoes - Increased demand over the past week

According to an article on ifa.ie, trade remains positive and reports from growers indicate that there has been increased demand over the past week. Plantings have resumed in parts of the country, but ground conditions are still very difficult. At this point growers are advised to rethink their planting strategy and grow for their market. Although stocks remaining in store are similar to last year’s levels, early plantings and harvest were staggered last year, which complemented the season. Liftings of stock in the ground since last year have also continued, however, quality is a concern.

In contrary, in the U.K. trade appears to have slowed down recently, nevertheless, demand for top quality material remains firm. Plenty of recently lifted supplies are seen on the market. Some planting schedules in the U.K. are now reportedly two weeks behind schedule with sodden ground conditions.

The first early liftings have begun in Majorca recently, the yields of the earliest crops are disappointing due to extensive wind damage.

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