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British Potato Harvest Suffers from Heavy Rain

The lifting of new potatoes in Great Britain is suffering the effects of unusually heavy rainfall, according to the Potato Council demand is steady, but supply of most varieties is short. Total early GB crop harvested to July 07 was estimated at 1,991 ha, and movement of 38,514t (19.3t/ha), which compares with 3,567 ha and movement of 100,464t (28.2t/ha) in the same week last year, and 2,981ha and movement of 64,041t (21.5t/ha) in 2010.

Adverse weather conditions, including heavy rainfall continued to interrupt lifting in all regions. In the West, crop development remains well behind normal although temperatures increased which has improved growing conditions but the lack of warm sunshine is still inhibiting rapid growth. There was some further flooding in Herefordshire, with reports of some to be replanted. Lifting in Shropshire is expected to gain momentum this week and although dry matters are improving chipping qualities are being impaired by slow maturing crops. There are further problems associated with the wet conditions notably blackleg and some water logging.

In the South, Cornish L Rosetta for crisping was a priority, but growers were struggling to lift in the wet conditions and loadings were falling well behind contract schedules. In parts of the South East some crops are having to be deep harrowed between the rows to loosen soil prior to lifting.

In the East, low tuber numbers are reported which could reduce final yield potential. Burning off of Marfona baker crops is reported to be 2-3 weeks delayed.

In Scotland the further dull wet weather hindered crop development and crop growth was irregular within fields and between fields. Lifting continued in the West, which had less rain than other areas. Epicure and Rocket were yielding 17-20 t/ha, with M Peer and Casablanca 25-30 t/ha, with some fields burnt off to retain salad size. Lifting was restricted in East Lothian by rain and wet conditions, although some contract M Peer had been lifted for salads.

Source: Fresh Plaza - British Potato Harvest Suffers from Heavy Rain

Featured Event


26 January 2016 - 29 January 2016

MESSE ESSEN GmbH Exhibition Centre @ Norbertstraße 2, 45131 Essen, Germany

Ipm Essen 2016

The international trade fair for plants (IPM ESSEN) is the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.

It is the only specialist trade fair of its kind to cover the entire value chain of plants, including production, technology, floristry, garden features, and the point of sale. No other plant fair offers trade visitors such a comprehensive market overview and so many multifaceted novelties.

The 33rd edition of the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture breaks new records in 2015: more than 1.600 exhibitors from around 50 nations present the newest botanic displays, innovative technology, and trendy floristry. Until Friday, 30 January 2015, all important decision makers and buying agents of the international green industry meet in the Ruhr region to exchange ideas and order products for the new season.

The international trade fair for plants is represented with additional events in Moscow, Dubai, Beijing and Bangalore.

Visit IPM Essen website for full details.

Featured Event


28 January 2016

@ Messeallee, 45131 Essen, Germany

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is pleased to announce that FloraHolland is to be the Headline Sponsor at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016.

FloraHolland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products, and brings the floriculture chain together in several ways. It is an open marketplace where suppliers of floriculture products and their customers can meet to do business. With its new strategy ‘Flowering the world together. Planting seeds of opportunities for all our members.’ it creates opportunities for our industry to encourage the consumer to spend more money on more flowers and plants. It provides benefits to its members and their customers by contributing to their margins by optimising its own logistics and taking control of floriculture standards.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, commented, “FloraHolland is a major business in the ornamental horticulture industry. As an increasingly international organisation the partnership with the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards is the perfect match and I am very much looking forward to working with them to promote to the world the very best ornamentals growers”.

Floris Olthof, Manager Cooperation & Communication, FloraHolland, comments, “FloraHolland has been a member of AIPH for years. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards”.

The Awards which recognise best practice in ornamental horticultural production from all over the world, organised with founding partner FloraCulture International, invite growers of ornamental crops anywhere in the world to enter.

The Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the Messe Essen on Thursday, 28 January 2016. They will be hosted during IPM Essen in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.

For more information visit: www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear



Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General
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