As much as 10% of Northern Irelandâ€™s potato crop still remains in the ground, according to the latest grower-survey carried out by one of the regionâ€™s biggest potato packers.
â€œ2019 has been a trying year for growers. Crops were planted out in challenging conditions,â€ Wilsonâ€™s Country Ltd managing director Lewis Cunningham said.
â€œA very dry spell followed, which hampered growth rates. But it has been the exceptionally wet autumn that has really hit farmers for six. Harvesting operations are now over for the year.
â€œNormally, the bulk of the harvest would have been completed by the end of October. However, the heavy rains of late summer which persisted throughout the autumn have conspired to get us to the stage we find ourselves at today.