Potato harvest in full swing – prices could rise

Released on 01.10. 2021

  • Harvesters sort stones by hand on a potato harvester. Photo: Philipp Schulze

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Autumn time is potato time: the harvest is currently underway in many regions. Due to the weather, the amount is lower than in previous years. What are the consequences for consumers?

Uelzen / Bonn (dpa) – Experts expect a lower potato harvest this year – consumers will face slightly rising prices.

Instead of 12 until 13 Euro per 15 kilogram as it was a year ago, the price may now be on 14 until 15 euros rise, said Christof Hambloch from the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft in Bonn. Lower Saxony is the number one potato country, ahead of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. Almost half of the total cultivation area of ​​259. 300 Hectares are located between the Ems and Elbe.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture expects an average harvest this year. Overall, a harvest of around 10, 6 million tons can be expected. That would be 9.2 percent less than in the previous year and 0.4 percent less than the average for the years 2015 to 2020.

According to the ministry, one reason for the lower result is the weather conditions with an exceptional cold spring and a changeable and wet summer in many places. The harvest only started to pick up at the beginning of September. In addition, the area under cultivation is decreasing. According to the ministry, 5.2 percent less area was planted with potatoes than 2020.

Fans of french fries will have to be prepared for relatively short fries. “The yields are not bad, but we have quality problems,” said Hambloch. In many cases the potatoes were not thick enough and formed a cavity inside. The result: When cutting into sticks, they break in half.

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