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Pea drilling area update and latest news

We have now completed our drilling survey for the 2013 crop. This year we have drilled 32,324 hectares of peas and petits pois for freezing and canning. This compares to 32,220 hectares drilled in 2012. In February we asked for estimated drilling areas and this totalled 31,707 hectares. So despite the changes in the industry, and the poor 2012 season, we are about the same area as last year.

A very late start to the season this year with some reports that there might be some peas ready next week but most are looking at w/c 8th July in England. In Scotland the very earliest harvest start is estimated around the 12th July, but it is all totally weather dependent. With generally cool conditions, particularly night time temperatures, it is a slow game at present.

On the continent, Portugal had 50% of their crop, Spain was OK but no great volumes. In Southern France they are 50% through the crop and 20% down on tonnage so far. Northern Europe are in the same position as us, waiting for peas to mature to start the harvest.

We will keep you informed regularly through the harvest season, when it starts!