Free-buy trade has reportedly levelled out for most of this week. There was an increase in demand for some packing varieties but in the other sectors, trade has remained steady.
Many growers experienced a colder snap earlier in the week, with frost particularly affecting plants in sheltered areas of fields. Irrigation schedules have also begun, with a lack of rainfall becoming a concern.
Lifting of early crops across Southern regions is well underway, with good yields reported. We will begin new-crop price reporting when more supplies become available.
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Since lockdown measures were imposed in March, uncertainty over the forward demand profile of potato markets has grown and grown. AHDB has pieced together their opinion on current and future supply and demand profiles to begin a wider discussion on the forward profile of potato markets. The key points are in this following article and it will constantly be reviewed and updated as new information becomes available and circumstances change.