Jersey growers keen to progress planting Jersey growers have started planting next season's early crop in good conditions, and with last year's wet weather still in the industry's mind, many are keen to get on. Perceptions of the total area are still uncertain, believes the British Potato Council, but a small increase may be possible following recent shrinkage in acreage. Last season the island planted 3,400 hectares, which yielded 34,200t for export, earning better returns than initialIly expected. In the Mediterranean, the cold weather with snow in Cyprus could mean the smaller winter crop may not be sufficient to allow exports. This crop fills a gap before the spring season gets under way, and last year reached 2,300 tonnes. Planting of the spring crop is, however, 50% completed, and crops are expected to do well this year as there will be adequate irrigation. This could mean the total Cyprus export figure could be 20,000t more than last season when 70,000t were shipped. The UK normally receives about a third between April and June. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}