Severe frost damage has affected the Jersey Royal crop as the first liftings got under way.
Early indications suggest overall yield will be cut by 5,000 tonnes to 35,000 tonnes.
Most multiples have begun to receive programmes, and growers are making good prices ­ £1 to £1.40/lb on the wholesale markets. But the eight-week season ahead will decide overall profitability.
And Jersey Royals will soon face traditional competition from Cornwall as the English crop becomes available.
Premiere and Lady Crystal will be dug in limited quantities next week, but because of good weather volumes will rise rapidly. The Mediterranean is also adding its weight with the balances still to come from Egypt, and lifting of the Cyprus spring crop now under way.