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October 31, 2022

Fresh-run, new crop Markon First Crop (MFC) Norkotah Potatoes are currently be shipped out of Idaho and Washington. Limited supplies of MFC Idaho Burbank Potatoes will hit the market this week.


  • Norkotahs will be the primary variety shipped until spring
  • More Norkotahs will be harvested than in past seasons
  • Over the past several years, Idaho Norkotah performance has improved and is now comparable to Burbank variety, exhibiting higher solid content and less moisture
  • Many growers favor Norkotahs as they have a shorter growing cycle and exhibit higher yields, stronger quality, and better size profile than the Burbank variety


  • Expect limited availability of Burbanks through February
  • Burbanks are more suited for late-season storage; however, growers continue to plant fewer each year
  • The North American Potato Market News predicts another decline in Burbank market share
    • In 2021/2022, Idaho suppliers packed close to 60% Norkotahs, compared to over 40% Burbanks
    • With an already expected decline in overall potato volume from last season, the percentage gap will widen in favor of Norkotahs
  • Below is data compiled by the Idaho and Eastern Oregon Potato Committee showing Burbank and Norkotah shipment comparisons since 1992
  • Expect Burbanks to be $1.00-$3.00 higher than Norkotahs, depending on pack size

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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