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Wet summer puts dampers on Scottish potato crop

Scottish farmers have faced relentless rain, turning their fields into quagmires and ruining crops. Picture: HK GraySCOTTISH scientists are warning that the chips could be down later this year due to a combination of dismal summer weather and scaled back potato planting. Potato growers suffered a disastrous financial year in 2014 after a massive surplus of the crop caused prices to plummet. To minimise the risk of being hit again by the same problems many farmers slashed the acreage they planted this year. But that move has exaggerated the impact of wet conditions, which caused a drop in yield of around 15 per cent. Experts fear this could spark a shortage on supermarket shelves. More

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