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Washington’s potatoes benefiting from hot summer

Over the next few weeks, harvesting will be the main activity in Skagit Valley’s potato fields in Washington State. As the season gets underway, producers are looking at a good quality crop with a well spread size profile, much of that due to the warm and dry summer. “The harvest is gradually starting with some growers already out picking potatoes,” said Jack Wallace of G&D Wallace in the Skagit Valley. “Our start date is set for September 4 which is close to the average for us. We like to leave more days for the skins to firm up.” It’s been a warm growing season resulting in a good crop. Although it is still early days, growers are confident of a good market this year. The lower volume expected will be offset by the quality and sizing profile conducive to a good market. “Red and yellow potatoes continue to see strong demand and the increased shift towards yellows in retail will continue,” Wallace said. Read more

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