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Idaho Russet potato market edges tighter

The Russet potato market in Idaho is edging tighter as supplies become stretched. Yields are moderately down in the region, with the State of Idaho issuing a report that indicates Russet numbers are down across the state by between 5%-8%. Suppliers say that reduced acreage is contributing to the shortfall. “It’s a very active market on Idaho Russet potatoes,” said Colin Gibson, of 20/20 Produce Sales in Idaho. “Yields are down in the order of 5%-8% in conjunction with planted acreage which is down by about the same. The smaller yield and less planted acres has contributed to a tight market on the Idaho Russets.” The Russet shortage doesn’t appear to be easing, with no clear end in sight. It looks likely to continue well into the New Year and possibly up until the next harvest begins next Summer. Idaho potato growers are not immune to the trucking challenges that have affected many regions across the country this year. As a result of the shortage of truck availability, growers have been forced to stem production. More

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