British farmers have nearly completed the country’s potato harvest despite the wettest year so far since 2012. Farmers and growers have persevered in the face of adversity to complete 89 percent of the potato harvest.
Due to the success of the harvest and volume of stored crop Christmas roasties and crisps are expected to be safe. However, the challenge for farmers still unable to lift crops due to wet or flooded ground will now be cash flow and the cost of labour while machinery lays idle.
AHDB Head of Arable Market Intelligence, David Eudall, said farmers have worked through challenging conditions to harvest the majority of potatoes planted this year – a ‘testament to their resilience’.
“However, for those who couldn’t lift earlier in the year the saturated or flooded ground is affecting their ability to access the crop, particularly in the north west of the country, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire,” he said.