Potato lifting progress continues to outpace last season, with about 18,000ha cleared by 30 August, according to the Potato Council’s latest report. This was 3,000ha more than at the same time last year. The GB weekly average price fell by £5.36/t in the week to 29 August, to £139.97/t, while the free-buy average price rose by £2.29/t to £101.47/t. GB potato plantings for 2014 totalled 121,900ha, according to the latest provisional estimate by the Potato Council. That is 2,000ha higher than its previous estimate, but still slightly below the 2013 area of 122,400ha.