On fields all over Ireland, liftings continue this week following a reasonably dry few days. There are reports that yields are below average, particularly in areas that were affected by drought earlier in the year.
Trade remains quite disturbed as the prospect of additional lockdown measures loom. As it stands, growers supplying the food service sector have had one of the worst years on record. Trade for Kerr Pinks is holding steady and quality is reported as very good.
Image: Irish Farmers' Association
In Europe, heavy rain has arrived and lifting has ground to a halt in many areas of Northern Europe, although lighter soils in Holland are still workable. Clearance for storage is estimated at 10% in Belgium, 20 to 30% in Holland, 30 to 40% in France and 50% + in Germany. Production in processing factories is estimated at 85 to 90% of pre Covid levels.