North-western European Potato Growers expect potato production to drop 12 percent

The updated NEPG 2015 area estimate, excluding seed and starch potatoes, is available, with total area now estimated down nearly 4% from last year and production estimated down over 12%. Areas in all countries are estimated lower than in 2014, principally as a response to the low market prices available during the season. In Belgium, the lower area comes partially from a lower early area, with fewer contracts reported to have been available for early crops due to the level of old crop supplies at the time. In the Netherlands, the area estimate is unchanged from April, suggesting plantings were as intended. In France, there has been a moderate reduction in area of 2%, but this disguises larger shifts between sectors. More

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