Europe, UK, Ireland, Production/Agronomy, Weather/Climate

Jersey early potato yields down 40% on drought-hit island

Potato yields from the early Jersey Royal crop are down 40% as drought grips the Channel Islands in bone dry conditions not seen since the drought of 1976. David Jones reports for Farmers Weekly in the UK.

A very wet February was followed by virtually no rain through March and April, and the season on Jersey is running three or four weeks behind the normal lifting schedule.

William Church, sales and marketing director of the Jersey Royal Company, says tuber sizes are down and the lifting season has been extended until mid-July in the hope of some rain.

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