Northern Ireland: Prospects for potato harvest are on a knife edge

The potato industry is 'praying' for a spell of good weatherWith more than half of this year’s crop still in the ground, Northern Ireland’s potato industry is ‘praying’ for a break in the weather to save it from one of the most disastrous harvests in living memory, writes Richard Halleron. “Normally by the end of October, the entire harvest would be nearing completion,” confirmed Wilson’s Country managing director Lewis Cunningham. “Growers have been using every opportunity, and no little ingenuity, to get potatoes lifted over recent weeks. “But it has been a pretty thankless task. Ground conditions are extremely challenging. And this is particularly the case the further north to Co Antrim and east one travels into Co Down. Getting this year’s crop harvested is one issue: the quality of the potatoes coming out of the ground is another challenge for the industry. More