Climate, weather and potatoes.

When you talk to potato farmers here in the Netherlands they will tell you that the weather in 2017 was special. The start was good then we had a dry spell, especially in the south of the Netherlands and Belgium and crops were lagging behind. During summer the weather was favorable for production and crops were growing well. In September however we had heavy rain showers and in large parts of the country and potato fields were flooded for a shorter or longer time.

When you talk to potato farmers here in the Netherlands they will tell you that the weather in 2017 was special. The start was good then we had a dry spell, especially in the south of the Netherlands and Belgium and crops were lagging behind. During summer the weather was favorable for production and crops were growing well. In September however we had heavy rain showers and in large parts of the country and potato fields were flooded for a shorter or longer time. Those of you who visited ‘PotatoEurope’ were able to experience this in person. Last year the weather was also special the spring was too cold and in June potato crops were damaged in the south east by hail and rain storms.

 

Dr. Ir. Peter Kooman
Professor Potato supply chain and sector
innovation
CAH Vilentum University of Applied
Sciences
p.kooman@cahvilentum.nl

 

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