The weather forecast calls for decreasing temperatures and snowfall in Eastern Idaho through early next week. If temperatures drop enough, the weather will potato production and delay loading times. Other concerns include potential road closures and packed ice on trailers leading to smaller payloads in order to maintain legal weights.
- Temperatures need to be 18°F or higher for five to seven hours to haul potatoes from cellars to packing sheds
- Growers do not ship potatoes to packing sheds when temperatures are below 18°F because that can cause internal and external bruising as well as black skins and flesh (located on the outer edges of potatoes and just under their skins)
- Loading delays are likely due to short production windows; advanced lead-time is highly recommended for order fulfillment
- Many suppliers will utilize onsite storage to cover orders; some sizes may become limited
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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