Just days before his Center, CO, operation kicked off its 2020 San Luis Valley potato season, Skyline Potato Co. General Manager Les Alderete said he was optimistic about the overall market situation and the coming year. Kathleen Thomas Gaspar reports for The Produce News.
“We’re hoping for a decent year,” Alderete said in mid-August, adding that although the summer had been hot and dry, the growing season was good and harvest weather forecasts were also favorable.
“Some growers went in a bit early this year,” he said of planting. “And right now the size looks good, and so does the weather for harvest. I think when everything is under cover, what we’ll see is normal yield and size.”
He did say that water in the San Luis Valley is “tight” after a short snowpack, and “growers have been pumping hard, which will take the aquifer down.”
And the silver lining for Skyline and most of the Colorado potato industry through the rigors of COVID-19 was the uptick in retail, which Alderete said helped move spuds for the region. “If foodservice is still hurting this year, it could be different,” Alderete said.
Source: The Produce News. Read the full report here
Photo: Skyline Potato Co. General Manager Les Alderete.