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Idaho potato growers optimistic about season

Idaho potato growers are optimistic about the season ahead, given the ideal growing conditions the state has experienced. “Harvest is expected to commence in Idaho in the middle of July,” said Colin Gibson of 20/20 Produce Sales. “The western part of the state will begin first as they have more heat units than the eastern part and therefore growers plant earlier. They are usually about three to four weeks ahead of eastern Idaho.” Gibson noted that weather conditions have been very favorable, with temperate conditions and just a moderate amount of rain. “We estimate that there may be an increase in acreage this year,” Gibson continued. “It’s approaching the time of year when potato supplies start to be limited. Last season’s crop has almost been exhausted, and the market is waiting for new supplies to replenish stocks. As a result, prices have climbed in recent months and are set to increase further before the harvest begins.” In Idaho, there has been an increased interest among growers to favor the Norkotah potato at the expense of the Burbank. Read more

 

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