Consumption and demand remain at levels typical for this time of year, according to the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) weekly potato market report. There are reports of significant crop damage in Enniscorthy and surrounding areas following a freak hailstorm over the weekend. Some crops are described as ‘shredded’ following the freak incidence.
Nationally, IFA reports that crops remain very much behind schedule, following late plantings and subsequent drought. There are continued reports that yields of Queens are average.
Across Europe thunderstorms have provided some well needed moisture for crops. Rainfall totals on the mainland have been patchy, often from 5 to 15mm but up to 40mm in thunderstorms in the Netherlands. In the U.K. crops are looking slightly better having received some rainfall but irrigation continues in many regions.
Source: IFA. Original report here
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