New Zealand, Australia, Weather/Climate

Wet weather, rising fertiliser prices put squeeze on Tasmanian potato growers

Wet weather and rising fertiliser prices are forcing farmers to rethink their potato plantings, with tonnages expected to be down significantly in the upcoming season. 

As Luke Radford reports for ABC Rural, months of wet weather has made the ground in the northern part of the state too muddy for tractors and other machinery to get onto paddocks.  The wet ground also increases the risk of crop disease. There has also been extra pressure this year because fertiliser prices have skyrocketed.

Former McCain grower representative and seed potato grower Beau Gooch said it was becoming significantly more expensive to grow potatoes. Leigh Elphinstone, Simplot Growers Committee chair and north-west potato grower, said the weather and fertiliser hurdles could result in a potato shortage.

Source: ABC Rural. Read the full story here
Photo: Wet conditions are not unusual in Tasmania, but steady rain through spring has kept the ground waterlogged. Credit – ABC Rural: Margot Kelly

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