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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Heavy rain spells bad news for potato harvest

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Heavy rains and atrocious ground conditions are severely hampering the potato harvest in Co Donegal.

Some 80-90pc of the maincrop potato harvest remains in the ground as farmers struggle to get machinery into fields.

In a normal year, the harvest would be at least 50pc completed at this stage.

IFA potato chairman Charlie Doherty said the wet weather would severely cost farmers in terms of additional fuel costs and damage to the soil. He added that farmers would also have to hire extra machines to take advantage of any dry spells.

"We've had so much rain that no-one is going to get into a field for at least another week," he said.

Caitriona Murphy

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