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April 12, 2023

Chipping potato storage supplies are tightening. New crop harvesting typically begins early June.

Storage crop

  • To extend storage stocks, suppliers are filling orders based on six-week averages
  • Quality continues to weaken in finished pack-outs
    • External defects exceeding the USDA standard tolerance of 10 percent will be seen
    • Internal defects surpassing 5 percent the USDA tolerance will also be present
  • Suppliers are sorting through product that would normally be culled out in order to fill orders
  • Some operators may consider shifting to gold/yellow or Russet potatoes until new crop chipping potatoes become available
  • Remaining stocks will exhibit multiple quality concerns:
    • Discoloration
    • Thin skins
    • Pressure and shoulder bruising
    • Mixed sizing

New Crop

  • California is expected to begin harvesting in early June
  • Arizona’s production will start by early July
  • New Mexico will harvest in mid-August

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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