Europe, UK, Ireland

More potatoes expected to be planted in Northwestern Europe despite low prices

Despite low prices during this campaign, it’s expected more potatoes will be planted for the harvest of 2018 in Northwestern Europe. The NEPG, or North-West European Potato Growers, estimates the growers in the five most prominent potato countries will plant 0.4 per cent more potatoes than last year. The stocks of the current harvest are still high, but because the potatoes will be planted later and the early varieties are expected to be harvested later, the NEPG expects a longer production season than usual for the processing industry. All of the NEPG countries reported fairly late planting. On the continent, the majority of potatoes has now been planted, but in the UK only half has been planted in the first week of May. France, Belgium and Germany report more planted material, while the Dutch area appears to be decreasing by 2.5 per cent. More