“As we approach another bank holiday weekend and also due to that fact that cooler weather has prevailed over the past week, potato consumption remains buoyant“, according to a report by the Tipperary Times. Like last week’s report, it is said that store materials are getting low in Ireland with more growers now finished selling.
Planting is reported to be largely on schedule with over 70% of the area completed. Growers in the south appear to be coming to the end of planting schedules. Wetter conditions over the last week have delayed the final plantings however, conditions are likely to improve towards the end of the week.
Right across Europe planting has progressed at a good rate and would be ahead of the norm. In Belgium an increased area is expected to be planted this year- NEPG suggests 2% more.