Potato growers as widespread as Lincolnshire, Central Scotland, Yorkshire and the north west are reporting that 10-25% of the crop is rotting in the fields due to the torrential rain, said the British Potato Council. In extreme cases, this is as high as 75% and there are even cases of total loss being reported.
Blight is adding concern for the storage potential as it is difficult to get on to farms to spray. However, the BPC said that if there were drier conditions, this position could improve.
The British Potato Council in its weekly bulletin estimated that, similarly to last year, some 14% of the crop has been lifted.