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Europe: Potato season looking good, but still to early for assessment

“70% of the produce has yet to be harvested so we still don’t know if European estimates are accurate or not,” explains Europatat Vice-President, Domenico Citterio. As regards Germany, estimates talk about 10.2 million tons, with 0.5% less of scheduled crops and yields below average. Citterio stresses that “these data are theoretical, especially since only 30% of the produce has been harvested in Northern Europe.” What is certain is that spring was cold and humid, so plants initially developed more tubers. Then, however, the heat compromised the yields. This happened in France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The situation was slightly better in Germany – yields are only slightly below average in northern Germany and nothing should change in Bavaria. More

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