14 September 2022
- but second growth, and future production costs pose concerns.
RETAIL sales and consumption in Ireland have stabilised since the beginning of the month, according to the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), which lobbies and campaigns on behalf of Irish farmers at home and in Europe.
The organisation states in its latest market report that Queen's sales have increased since the school season returned but that rain since the beginning of the month could be harmful, providing the potential for secondary growth. The price of new season queens remains in the region of €4.60-€5.50 ex farm in 10kg bags.
There are increasing reports of small early harvest yields and low yields, particularly in the southeast, with high dry matter making clean-up very difficult.
Demand for sliced varieties is growing.
The organisation stated that the past year had been the toughest on record for growers as a result of rising input costs and increasing drought conditions. There are serious concerns that next year's production costs will be too high.