This year I have seen at first-hand how challenging it has been. Everyone knows potatoes need water, but with temperatures in July and August so hot and so dry I feared there would be no Wilson Wonder’s to share with you. However, we have selected a field with high organic matter that stored up moisture and kept the plants alive. We have also added plenty of water to irrigate the crop.
The UK crop is potato crop is forecasted to be nearly 20% smaller than last year. One direct thing you will notice is that the potatoes may seem slightly drier when cooked. Needless to say its not been a bumper crop but we do have a crop and are even more grateful for it.
A variety included in the Wilson’s Wonders range growing this summer 2018
Extreme drought and high temperatures that occurred across north-west Europe have kept average yields to around 40t/ha, although un-irrigated crops have suffered more, struggling to reach 30t/ha.
The result is a much smaller predicted potato crop of 23.5-24m tonnes, despite an 8.4% overall increase in the potato area across the five key producing countries.