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April 25, 2023

Chipping potato storage supplies continue to tighten. New crop harvesting typically begins early June in California.

Storage crop

  • Current demand is overwhelming suppliers with remaining volume; suppliers will distribute limited storage supplies until new crop starts
  • 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 fulfill orders
  • Operators may consider shifting to gold/yellow or Russet potatoes until new crop chipping potatoes become available
  • Remaining stocks will exhibit multiple quality concerns including discoloration, thin skins, pressure and shoulder bruising, and 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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