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Jersey potato crop hit by worst early season in 40 years

Image result for jersey potatoesThe Island’s potato growers are struggling through one of the worst seasons in 40 years – after heavy rain and then sub-zero temperatures delayed the planting of Jersey’s biggest agricultural export. However, the Jersey Royal Company says its UK competitors are facing the same problems, with other regional early potatoes having been wiped out by severe frost. William Church, sales and marketing director at the company, says that like farmers throughout the British Isles, they were hit by the wet start to the year, and now the potatoes that have been planted are at risk from the extreme winter weather blowing across Europe from Siberia. To help protect potatoes planted since the new year, farmers have been applying extra layers of protective fleece to the usual covering of plastic. He said: ‘We are currently two weeks behind and the weather has been the biggest stumbling factor. We have double-covered a lot of fields to hopefully offer a bit of protection but we don’t yet know how much of the crop has been hit by the frost. More

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