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UPDATE: Idaho Potatoes

April 12, 2017

Markon First Crop Idaho Burbank and Norkotah Potatoes are available. Norkotah stocks are diminishing and will be depleted by late April/early May. With limited Norkotah supplies remaining, pricing is now comparable to the Burbank variety. Both markets are inching up.

Storage Crop

  • Size profile is currently dominated by small-size potatoes (80- to 100-count stocks); large sizes (40- to 70-count supplies) are tighter
  • Once Norkotahs are depleted, the Burbank variety will be shipped until new crop, field-run Norkotahs become available mid- to late August
  • Quality is good; pressure bruising and hollow heart are sporadic issues
    • Raw storage crop quality will weaken as the season progresses
    • Sheds will need to run more raw product to pack the same number of cartons, reducing available supplies

New Crop

  • 2017 new crop potato planting is underway in Western Idaho
  • Growers in Eastern Idaho will start planting in mid- to late April
  • New crop Norkotah harvesting will begin in mid- to late August

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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