Dutch potato crop yield below average according to VTA sampling

Every year in mid August the Dutch farmers association VTA estimates the potato yield based on a standard sampling protocol among its members. These yield measurements are always done at the same time and are now common practice since 2001. The sampling includes a representative group of farmers and covers a wide range of potato varieties intended for consumption (seed potatoes and potatoes for starch production are excluded). Based on the sampling, the average yield at this time in the growth season is estimated at 41917 kg/ha. This is 16% lower than the comparable measurement of last year when 49965 kg/ha was found. This year’s yield is also 7.1% lower than the 5 year average. More