Ireland Hit By Heavy Rains

Published online: Nov 27, 2000
Heavy rain is threatening the Irish potato crop and the harvest is behind schedule.

The Irish Farmers' Association estimates that up to 60 percent of the crop was still in the ground at a time when the harvest is usually 70 percent complete.

"Many growers are fearful that some of the crop left in the ground will be lost to damage due to frost or water logging," association potato marketing coordinator Malachy Mitchell said.

With British growers in the same situation-50 percent of the crop had not been harvested because of rain and flooding-Mitchell said this could see a rise in prices.

Last season a glut of potatoes pushed Irish prices to their lowest levels in years.