News January 2023, North America, Trade/Markets/Prices

Higher quality, lower acreage for Idaho russet crop

Quality over quantity is the watchword for the 2022 russet crop in Idaho, as growers grappled with increased input costs and weather challenges that led to fewer acres being planted, according to a news story by The Produce News.

“The potato quality looks amazing this year — maybe the best in recent memory,” said Travis Blacker, vice president of industry relations and research for the Idaho Potato Commission. “I’ve heard from growers all over the state that they are really impressed with the potatoes they dug during this year’s harvest.”

“Input costs for potatoes were quite expensive this year because of everything that’s going on in the world,” he said. Although Blacker predicted that input costs will remain high, he sees the amount of growing acreage bouncing back.

This year, it will be more important than ever to plan ahead with Idaho shippers to ensure an ample supply for promotions, advised Blacker. He said Idaho farmers have welcomed the increased demand for potatoes and have been using their profits to put money back into their businesses.

Source: The Produce News. Read the full story here
Photo: Credit Brett Hondow from Pixabay 

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