Germany: Organic potatoes damaged by heavy rain and potato beetles

Especially in the Northern parts of Germany, the largest production area of organic potatoes nationwide, there were rainfalls of more than 100 liters per square meter two weeks ago, causing severe damage. At the same time, the potato beetle which is attacking weakened plants, is gaining ground. The very few organic remedies, such as the oil of the neem tree, are almost sold out. If the potato beetle is able to reproduce, it can devour several hectares within a short time period which will then not grow any further. As of now, the later varieties are still very small and need to grow for at least another three weeks before reaching marketable yields. Due to this development, the situation on the German potato market is changing fundamentally. More