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UPDATE: Idaho Potatoes

August 12, 2016

Idaho Burbank storage supplies are nearly depleted. The quality of remaining Burbank stocks is fair, at best. New crop, fresh-run packer label Norkotahs are the predominant variety on the market. Markon First Crop Norkotah Potatoes will be available the week of August 23.


2016-2017 New Crop Supplies

  • As both new and storage crop stocks are available, prices for new crop No. 1 cartons are expected to be higher than those for storage crop supplies
  • Temperatures have been ideal during the growth phase; very good quality and high yields are predicted
    • Fresh-run potatoes will be on the market for the first few months of the season; ordering for quick turns is recommended
    • Store potatoes at 40 to 50 degrees F/4.4 to 10 degrees C; adequate air flow is recommended 
    • Product should not be wrapped tightly in plastic nor stored where it cannot breathe well
  • New crop supplies have not gone through the sweat process yet
    • Potatoes may release moisture as they cool, causing a very light, white surface residue that can be easily brushed off and does not pose any quality problems
    • Click here to see a photo of the white residue.

Storage Crop Quality

  • During the summer of the 2015-2016 growing season, Idaho experienced record-high temperatures, as well as sudden shifts to freezing weather; these factors have caused inconsistent size and sporadic quality issues in the remaining storage crop
  • Pressure bruising (soft indentations) is a result of pressure at points of contact with adjacent potatoes or the floor while potatoes sit in storage sheds
  • Air checks, which are caused by dehydration, become more prevalent this time of the year; larger cuts are called air cracks and can be caused by mechanical damage 
  • Pressure bruising will be seen occasionally in the White Russet variety, however there will be far fewer internal black spots than the Burbank variety due to their genetic makeup
  • Markon will continue to gather weekly quality reports and update members on a regular basis

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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