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COVID-19 impact: Idaho’s 2020 potato crop prognosis

The outlook for the Idaho potato season was very promising at the beginning of the year. Then, in the middle of March, with the impact of the Corona virus becoming aparant here in the US and globally, everything changed.

“It was fantastic,” says Idaho potato grower Randy Hardy. “Until the virus hit, I was telling people I’ve been farming for 48 years waiting for a year like this, because it was kind of like a perfect storm, you know? It looked like it was going to be a good marketing year…”

But then the pandemic put an end to all of this.

Bill Schaefer in Idaho produced a video in which the owners and managers of four prominent Idaho potato operations discuss the economic impact of Covid-19 on the fresh market sector, the process market sector and the seed potato sector for 2020.

We publish the YouTube video below with permission, but you can also view it on YouTube here. It is a Gordon Setter production. You are welcome to reach out to Bill Schaefer for more information: [email protected]. You can view Bill’s YouTube channel and subscribe to it here.

Featured in the video are the following growers (all from Idaho, and in order of appearance):

  • Randy Hardy, Hardy Farms, Oakley
  • Merrill Hanny, Hanny Farms, Shelley
  • Kam and Klaren Koompin, Koompin Brothers Farms, American Falls
  • Nathan Penfold, Penfold Farms, Driggs

Source: Bill Shaefer
Cover photo: Courtesy Idaho State Journal

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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