UPDATE: POTATOES

June 28, 2022

Idaho and Washington storage potato supplies continue tighten. Prices are climbing.

  • The market continues to rise
  • All sizes will remain limited until new crop stocks start shipping in early August
  • 40- through 80–count supplies are tight
  • 90- through 120-count potatoes are adequate
  • Several Idaho and Washington suppliers will experience 7- to 14-day supply gaps in early August, pushing demand toward those with remaining stocks
  • Markon First Crop suppliers will implement six-week average allocations  
  • Order lead time of at least five business days is recommended for the remainder of the storage crop season
  • Quality is fair in remaining storage stocks; hollow heart, along with pressure and shoulder bruising will be seen
  • Pressure and shoulder bruising (soft, external indents) result from constant contact with adjacent potatoes, or the floor, while raw product sits in storage piles
  • Hollow heart (small, irregularly shaped internal craters) develops internally during the season when potatoes grow faster than normal due to adverse weather

2022-2023 Season

  • New crop Norkotah harvesting is expected to begin August 15.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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