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Bad weather affects new season potato crops

People looking forward to new season potatoes will have to be a bit more patient than usual.

Bad weather means they’re few on the ground.

Pukekohe grower Kevin Wilcox says new season crops are down 15 per cent on last year.

He told Newstalk ZB “We’re going to see a shortening of supply, mainly due to weather issues. So there’s going to be limited numbers in store so they may be struggling for availability.”

It’s expected to be another two or three weeks before supplies start coming through properly.



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Ken Ring on 18/10/2010 12:43am

Potatoes are just the beginning. First strawberries are at risk, which usually get harvested after Labour Weekend. Spring cloud may delay warmer soil temperatures, making for late cropping. Prices will increase.

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