Europe, UK, Ireland

Potato planting under way across Scotland; drought on industry minds

The Press and Journal reports that Scots potato growers are getting on with planting at top speed this year and not pausing to take too much notice of levy body AHDB’s comments that British potato stocks from the 2018 crop are currently 13% down on the five-year average.

According to NFU Scotland potato committee chairman, Peter Grewar,  there is a distinct lack of moisture in some areas. “Planting here is earlier than last year but still later than average across the UK,” he said, adding that drought is the main thing on industry minds at the moment.

“Here in east Perthshire, for example, 15 out of the last 18 months have been drier than average and we have had very little rain in April so far. We are gearing up for an early and busy irrigation season.”

Read the full report in The Press and Journal here