Only 62,000 ha planted compared to 91,000 last year Wettest April hits early crop Faced with the wettest conditions on record for April, Uk potato growers report that planting has fallen back drastically reaching a total of just under 62,000 hectares compared with 91,000 last season at this time. Meanwhile, according to the British Potato Council, there is concern that some earlier planted crops have become saturated which could lead to reduced yields or in extreme cases total loss. Early varieties are beginning to catch up with the recent burst of warmer weather, although the industry believes it will take at least another week to get back to more normal conditions. Despite only limited quantities having been lifted from the earliest areas in Cornwall, the National Farmers Union, launching the season this week, expects more than 300,000 tonnes to be abilable accounting for some 6% of the crop. The strongest markets are in London and the Midlands and to spread the message, an emblazoned double decker bus will be used to call at multiples. There will be on pack promotions running in June. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}