Cornish growers have already begun planting the new potato crop, although Pembroke is still waiting for improved soil conditions, according to the latest reports from the British Potato Council.
Rain has also delayed activity on the earliest slopes in Jersey, where it is estimated that 10% of the crop is in the ground under cover. It is expected that about 3,400 hectares will finally be planted, similar to last season, although at this stage it is impossible to predict the yield.
On imports, the Cyprus spring crop will benefit from duty relief after May 15 as it is due to join the EU.
Lifting on the island could start in mid-March and at least match the 11,328 tonnes sold in the UK last year.