While the first early Jersey new potatoes grown under glass and polythene are already being lifted, the bulk of crop planting has been hampered by the weather according to Tim Ward, sales director of the Jersey Produce Marketing Organisation which will represent some 60% of exports this season. Ward estimates 80% of seed is in the ground, a week later than last year. "There is still a long way to go before coming up with an estimate. There is still a risk of frost. "However we may have slightly lighter sendings because the amount of seed planted and the number of growers has fallen." {{M/E FRESH PRODUCE }}