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Northern Germany: ‘Wet fields, late crops and mouldy tubers’

Image result for wet potato fieldPotato traders in northern Germany look back on 2017 with mixed feelings. Although yields were sufficient to meet demand, the quality of stored potatoes is in part poor. At Lünekartoffel-Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG, located in the middle of the important cultivation area Lüneburg Heath, the wet autumn weather is still resonating. “My gut tells me we’re going to see some difficult times,” says managing director Michael Kleinlein. Wet fields, late crops and mouldy tubers. The 2017 potato year was far from ideal, especially for farmers in northern Germany. “We had to deal with double the usual annual precipitation. From September on we hardly had a dry day and therefore the potatoes did not reach the storage rooms under optimal conditions. We already feel the effects and it will get even worse.” Although some lots were almost completely rejected, yields are above average and even better than last year. To compensate for the scarcity of high-quality tubers, potatoes are marketed that would not have been brought to market in other years. More

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