Cultivation/Production, Europe, UK, Ireland, Trends, Weather/Climate

Unprecedented wet weather spells disaster for potato harvest in Scotland

Following a series of devastating storms to hit eastern Scotland potato farmers are battling to bring in this year’s harvest, as Kate Fisher reports in this news story published by The Scottish Farmer.

Growers throughout Scotland are concerned about their ability to life this year’s crop following weeks of wet weather. Crops have been heavily damaged and such events are becoming more recurrent.

The impact of the weather certainly does not end in the field as thoughts turn to the effects of storage and just how marketable the potatoes may be in the upcoming months. The shortages of potatoes may see an increase in prices and a reduction in availability.

Scott Walker from GB Potatoes said “This season has been exceptionally wet for all growers. The industry has been working tirelessly, even in grueling weather. Severe flooding has caused a loss in potatoes, this is having a catastrophic impact leaving many farmers questioning what they do long-term.”

Source: The Scottish Farmer. Read the full story here
Photo: Wet conditions in Strathmore has halted this year’s potato harvest. Credit The Scottish Farmer

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