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What will the final potato harvest be in Northern Europe?

Fresh Common Potato
Vegetables
Belgium
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Nuts & Seeds
France
Market & Price Trends
Published Nov 28, 2023

Tridge summary

Due to excessive rainfall, many potatoes in Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands have not been harvested. This has led to higher risks and costs for contracts in the coming season and concerns about seed availability for spring 2024. The difficult harvest conditions have caused a rise in potato prices, and there may be a temporary supply of wet lots, but it is not expected that prices will fall in the long term.
Disclaimer: The above summary was generated by a state-of-the-art LLM model and is intended for informational purposes only. It is recommended that readers refer to the original article for more context.

Original content

After a moderate summer, the average potato yield was generally good. In the EU-4 a yield of 45.8 tonnes per hectare was achieved. That is 6.3% more than last year. Combined with a larger area, this brings the total yield estimate in the EU-4 to 23.6 million tonnes (22.9 million tonnes in 2021, a somewhat comparable year). For the time being, it appears that approximately 22.2 million tons have been harvested. So there is still about 1.4 million tons in the fields. The Northwestern European Potato Growers (Nepg) does not speculate on how much more will be harvested, but part of the harvest is definitely lost. Abundant rain Poor weather conditions in October brought the harvest to a standstill after just 3 weeks. In mid-November, up to 250 mm of rain was recorded regionally, leading to flooding. Northern France, the western part of Belgium and coastal areas in the Netherlands suffered the most. Most areas yet to be harvested are in the Netherlands (15%) and Belgium (11%). The costs ...
Source: AGF
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