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Doug Niven’s Gleaner column: Gloomy outlook for Scottish potatoes

“Winter-sown crops in Scotland continue to look well given recent relatively mild weather, even though we had 100mm, or four inches of rain in October to give a total for the year at the beginning of November of 541mm, or 21 inches,” writes Doug Niven in his column published in The Scottish Farmer today.

That has meant that there are still potatoes to be lifted in some parts of Scotland, Niven says. He points out that there are some quality issues that have been identified recently with pest damage, rot and bruising, which will be a concern for long term storage. Niven asks: Will that see supplies coming onto the market earlier than planned?

Niven says that during October, the weekly average price for potatoes, including free-buy and contract dropped by

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