potato price

Discussion in 'Cropping' started by welger, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    12 acres planted.
     
  2. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Only managed 10t acre.
     
  3. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    N Fife
    I've got more yield, but price on offer way below yours. Same result though!
     
  4. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    If they had yielded how they should have, we may have broke even.

    They looked lovely when they came up, then we had a heat wave in June and that seem to stop them growing. They got to about a ft high. Weeds got the better of them and the soil had no guts in it. Only ended up with about 3 to 4 potatoes a root. Same seed on a good field had about 10 potatoes to a root as big as your fist. I think they’ll yield more like double.
     
  5. HAM135

    HAM135 Member

    Your lucky you can get an offer,nice washing whites here and can't get a bid.
     
  6. I do hope Joe Public go hungry one day, pots need a price stabilizer system? Use to be one PMB!!
     
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  7. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    N Fife
    The removal of quotas and grower pool funds to buy excess off the market has created a boom/bust market like pigs.

    A grower fund would be helpful, it would still have to be priced below cost of production to stop people growing extra just for that fund.

    Not sure who will contribute to it though? People growing on priced contracts will rightly say it's not there problem!
     
  8. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    N Fife
    That's what the merchant said to me as well when I said I would think about it. Graded up a load of earthy stuff today.
     
  9. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Any come backs on the sluggy ones from last wk Iben?
     
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  10. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    N Fife
    Report back was 'when grading next load, please try harder!'

    Load today had little pest damage, so should be ok. Still a couple hundred tonnes of sluggy ones to go, but better not push them to quickly.
     
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  11. nelson

    nelson Member

    Location:
    herefordshire
    average it with last years it want look so bad
     
  12. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    N Fife
    Until last years tax bill comes in when there is no great income to pay it.
     
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  13. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    N Fife
    Out of interest, if the bag trade is 1/3rd of the price of last year, has the price in the chip shop changed?
     
  14. two-cylinder

    two-cylinder Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    My weekly order is up by 20p.
    But not sure which item(s) in the order have been subject to price change.
     
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  15. Hindsight

    Hindsight Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Not that I have noticed. The portion of chips same now as it was this time last year. So presume the chip shop proprietor absorbed the £300 tonne last year and is absorbing the £100 tonne now?
     
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  16. Spud

    Spud Member

    Location:
    YO62
    How does price average out for you free buy men, for say Feb/March? Last time I contemplated a few free buy, the average was only about 5% better than contract, so I chose (ok, my cashflow did) to avoid the boom and bust, and remain fully contracted.
     
  17. Hindsight

    Hindsight Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire

    But there is a commercial price stabiliser available. Look at post 1416 - though I see Spud has liked your post. Contracts are available at slightly different odds to the casino that is non contract growing. Why do you hope our customers go hungry? I am always grateful that Western Power are out in all weathers mending outages and do not say 'let Joe Public go cold and dark - that'll teach 'em'. But as the they say 'each to their own'. Hey ho.
     
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  18. Spud

    Spud Member

    Location:
    YO62
    As a contract grower though, I miss the boom years too, I'd guess the last 5 yrs has averaged better than 5% over contract price. For some reason, and call me a cynic, customers are fussier re defects etc whent he free market is 30 quid, than they ever are when its £300......:eek::oops::rolleyes::confused::facepalm:o_O:scratchhead::banghead:
     
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  19. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Of coarse not, they never go down in price. They have to make up for lack of demand. There is so much more competition now. Merchant told me a chap he was supplying was doing a ton a week, a rumbles chip shop opens directly opposite and he’s down to 15 bags a week already. Yes I know rumbles need potatoes too (but we don’t supply them)

    I should imagine most shops are still paying around £5- £6 a bag delivered. The in between men still get their cut and they have less money laid out.
    I’m not knocking the merchants as we need them,but there seems a lot of chip shop suppliers are going through a couple of merchants to get their spuds.
     
  20. Sonoftheheir

    Sonoftheheir Member

    Location:
    West Suffolk
    Not always down to the money though is it? The ability to grade your own, deal with more people to spread your risk regarding getting paid, sell more or less when you want. Maybe get away with selling less than perfect stuff easier?

    I don’t know?
     

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