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UK potato yields have improved after good ground conditions

Approximately half of this year’s potato maincrop is now out of the ground. According to a local potato packer, Wilson’s Country, good ground conditions are improving the yield.

Stuart Meredith, Wilson's Country agronomist: “The weather has remained good over weeks and ground conditions have held up tremendously well. In fact, the weather has been so good that growers have had a fair amount of difficulty getting crops burnt off. Crops just wanted to keep on growing. Crops that were affected by the dry spell back in July and yields are back accordingly. Disease pressure remained reasonably low throughout the growing season: it’s now a case of getting crops in store as quickly as possible.”

According to Meredtih, the warm and reasonably dry period through late August and early September provided some growers with an opportunity to achieve some more bulk.

Maincrop whites, such as Cultra, have been performing well, whereas Maris Piper crops produced high numbers of tubers but didn’t fill them out to their full potential.

Source: belfasttelegraph.co.uk


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