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Jersey farmers fear losing potatoes stuck in saturated fields

Growers say they have just over a week to harvest their main-crop potatoes before they have to be left to rot.

Fears that much of this year’s potato crop will be lost follow one of the wettest Octobers on record, which has resulted in harvesting being delayed by a month.

Charlie Gallichan, of Woodside Farms, said that his fields had been turned into ‘bogs’ by the wet weather, meaning he has been unable to use tractors to lift his crop.

He said: ‘The issue we have is that we don’t actually know how this weather will impact the potatoes. If the weather dries up in the next week we could be OK. But the situation we are in is unprecedented, as we would usually have harvested the crop by now.

‘The situation is very concerning. We have at least 1,000 tonnes of main-crop potatoes still in the ground.

‘Ultimately we have about ten days left to harvest the crop.’

Full report in the Jersey Evening Post here

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