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Good harvest of storage carrot expected, market still has to place itself

The harvest of storage carrots has been going on for a while. "It was good weather for it this week," says Klaas Bouma of Hagranop. "The yields are quite good. The prices on the other hand could go up a little. The demand is slightly friendlier at the moment than it has been, but it could be higher."


Klaas indicates that the prices for storage are around 8 cents and those of fresh supply around 7 cents. "The good prices have yet to come. At the moment everyone is still harvesting and the market still has to place itself. The harvest seems good as far as yields are concerned so far. Now everyone is waiting to see what will happen. In the end its about what comes out of the boxes. The quality is good but there is talk of mouse damage and those parties won't be on the market. The question is what will remain. You won't know that until the carrots are off the field, the storage season has started and supply has to come from the cold stores. If it freezes, it could go quickly, but if it doesn't, it could be later on in the season. That's the exciting thing with carrots." 

Difficult to predict
Russia will be missed as a buyer this year. "However, I can't say what influence that will have," says Bouma. "It's difficult to predict and depends on the Polish harvest. If they can't sell to Russia, they will have more to store. The weather is also an important aspect. It has a lot of influence if it freezes there when there's still a lot on the fields. With Russia you never know how many secondary circuits there are. The trading houses there won't be sitting still either. A lot of it is waiting. In the area of price all hope it gets better. If it freezes at the end of November we will have a very different market than we do now with the better weather." 

He says the mouse damage this season stands out. "It varies per plot. The carrots are also bigger due to the weather. The head size is more often above 40 mm. This could cause problems in a market like Germany, as they prefer sizes between 20 and 40 mm."

For more information:
Hagranop B.V.
Klaas Bouma
Westermeerweg 17
8309 PZ Tollebeek
Tel: +31 (0) 527 - 276161
Fax: +31 (0) 527 - 276179
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