As the season draws to a close, we don’t need reminding what a challenge it has been since it started raining in September.
Well – it has happened. The blight epidemic for 2016 is well under way, with plenty of red spots on the Fight Against Blight maps. There are infections reported from East and West, North and South and everywhere in between.
At last the weather is changing. Hopefully the potato fields will quickly start greening up and develop good canopy growth to offset their cool and wet start to spring.
Planting is well under way and by the time this is read many will have finished.
With wet weather affecting potato growing regions in mid-March, planting looks as if it will be delayed for a little longer until soil conditions come right. Seed management and storage could start to become a problem on some farms.
Well what a winter it’s been – or not – depending on your point of view. I’m sat here writing this with a cherry tree in full blossom in the garden which is around four to five weeks earlier than last year.
It’s been an interesting year – as ever – in the life of the potato crop. And I say that just from a look back at the challenges brought along by the weather, let alone the economic aspects.