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Dry weather causing concern for Irish potato growers

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Dry weather which was originally welcomed by Ireland’s potato growers as it was helping to reduce the risk of blight in the crop is now beginning to affect the development of maincrop, where irrigation is not possible, according to local reports. As a result yields of crops which do not have access to water could be compromised.

Dry weather has also affected other parts of Europe, with reports of an irrigation ban in parts of Belgium and the last stored crop coming on the market, many growers are hoping to see upward price movement, although the latest published figures show little change in the bulk price of Rooster ex-farm.

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