UK potato stocks in January were 17.3% lighter than in the past year at 2.23 million tonnes said the British Potato Council.
While planting continues, multiples will now be playing close attention to Mediterranean forecasts, where predictions are being made for an early start.
The Cyprus winter crop has been delayed by wet weather, but the news of the spring crop is more promising with a good volume of large potatoes already forecast.
Crops are sufficiently advanced that lifting could begin by the end of the month creating an initial overlap.
The Majorcan crop is two weeks earlier with Lady Rosetta and Agata already being harvested and samples of Maris Peer already being evaluated.
Later plantings in Brittany, however, may be reduced by as much as 15%.
Latest reports from Jersey where planting is all but finished, is that the first lifting could be a week earlier, starting on April 1.