This year’s potato crop will have avoided the drought challenges in 2022 with few fields being irrigated apart from some down in of North Cambridge and Norfolk. On the markets table potatoes are seeing a bit of demand with washed produce getting up to £640/t delivered whilst others at £500/t. Processors are taking potatoes at £450/t to £480/t with bagged chipping material in and around £550/t to £580/t.
According to John Sleigh, overall growers are stating that spot prices are unexceptional but solid although most crops will already be tied up with contracts signed earlier in the year. There appears to be very little old crop still in store which is helping to firm prices. However, as the bulk of the UK’s potatoes starts getting lifted in the coming months supply will increase which could soften prices.
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