Scotland: Mounting frustration over potato harvest

Seed tattie growers and traders are facing mounting frustration as wet weather continues to interrupt the harvest across Scotland. It may still be early days and no major damage to crops is being reported, but soggy ground conditions are now posing serious challenges for producers in many areas. Traders say crops are holding up well in the ground and quality is almost universally good, with yields being reported as average or slightly above average. Levy body AHDB also reports that previous fears of blackleg are now dying down and levels of scab remain low. However there is a huge contrast in lifting conditions across the country, and according to Grampian Growers potato manager David Murdie, around 45% of seed has been harvested around Montrose, while in Aberdeenshire lifting has barely begun. More