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UK: Delay’s in potato planting bring price to record high

Tight supplies of last year’s potato crop and delays in planting this year’s are factors behind the AHDB Weekly Average Price Survey (WAPS) price being the highest ever recorded at this point in the season. The overall weekly average price, which includes free-buy and contract trade, was £188.72 for the week to August 5. Supplies of the 2015 potato crop were tight, causing steeply rising prices in May and June, according to AHDB analyst, Arthur Marshall. “This was reflected in prices for the early crop for 2016. “Regarding early crop, there were reports the weather was difficult, with wet fields and yields not always achieving what growers wanted them to achieve. The pace of planting was slow, about two weeks behind, which fed into development of the new crop, leading to it being behind and affecting the amount coming out of the ground.” More

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