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UPDATE: Idaho Potatoes

January 07, 2020
The effects of Idaho’s hard freeze event back in early October are beginning to be realized. Packing houses are attempting to salvage usable product from cellars which in turn is causing delays in packing and eventually loading trucks. Holding trucks over until the next day is beginning to become a normal experience. Markon recommends placing orders in advance—at least seven days from shipment—to minimize loading challenges.
  • More cold weather will cause further loading delays this week; temperatures must be 18 degrees or higher to haul potatoes from cellars to packing sheds 
  • Idaho potato prices are increasing, but expected to stabilize in February and March 
  • Washington Norkotah markets are elevated; demand is shifting from Idaho to Washington
    • Prices for 40- to 100-count cartons are similar to Idaho Norkotahs
    • Ideal growing conditions produced a higher percentage of 40- to 70-count stocks
  • Markon expects potato markets to increase and remain consistently higher than the 2018-2019 season
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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