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UK: Up to a third of potatoes still to lift in some regions

British potato growers have been battling in deluged harvest conditions with saturated and flooded soils halting the lifting process, raising fears that some crops will have to be written off.

According to the latest AHDB figures, northern areas have been the worst affected, with 33% yet to be harvested in the North West.

A further 21% is still to be lifted in Yorks and Humber, and 15% in the North East.

See also: Video: Flood-hit farmer uses digger to harvest potatoes

Crops abandoned

An estimated 2-3% of the UK’s remaining crop is likely to be abandoned completely due to saturated soils degrading quality, in the wettest year since 2012.

This figure is expected to rise as we head into December, with no sign of weather conditions improving.

AHDB head of arable market intelligence David Eudall explained how the wet weather conditions have been a real struggle for growers.

“Farmers have been working through challenging conditions to harvest potatoes this year, which has been a huge testament to their resilience,” he says.

Source: FWI here

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