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Potato Weekly - 06 July 2018

Publication Date: 
6 July 2018

Limited free-buy sales were reported this week as hot dry weather raised concerns over the state of crops in the field. Most supplies continue to be contracted for old crop but more new crop, including increasing amounts of chipping material, is reaching the market. Irrigation systems are reported to be under pressure, with widespread reports of small sample tuber sizes and increasing dry matter content in areas without sufficient irrigation.

  • There was limited trade in the free-buy market this week, with a number of packhouses focussing on contracted or committed stocks. Demand remained quiet this week with packers slowly making the switch to new crop.
  • There was only limited trade reported in the Scottish packing market this week.
  • Trade in old crop bag material was lacking this week as more new crop arrives and dry warm weather covers the UK. The recent settled warm weather has reportedly not helped demand and little change is forecast in the outlook. Prices remain generally flat as concerns over the weather are balanced by increasing new crop reaching the market

These quotes are from actual free-buy trades collected by a weekly telephone survey of buyers, growers and merchants on a Wednesday and Thursday. They give an indication of the range of prices achieved in the past week. Any prices marked * are based on a smaller sample.

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