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May 11, 2023

Chipping potato storage supplies continue to wind down. Suppliers will ration remaining stocks.

Storage crop

  • Current demand far exceeds available supply levels; growers are allocating limited storage stocks until new crop production starts
  • Quality continues to weaken in finished packs
    • External defects exceeding the USDA standard tolerance of 10 percent will be seen
    • Internal defects surpassing 5 percent the USDA tolerance may 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 harvesting is expected to begin June 14
  • 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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