Idaho, Oregon, and Washington storage potato supplies continue to tighten. Demand is outpacing available stocks. Prices are climbing.
- Some Northwest suppliers have depleted their storage stocks; several others expect to experience a 7- to 14-day supply gap in late July and early August
- The shortage of available supplies will push demand toward those growers with remaining volume
- Markon First Crop suppliers have implemented a six-week average for shipping that will persist through mid-August
- 40- through 80–count stocks are limited; 90- through 120-count potatoes are sufficient
- Quality remains fair: 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
- New crop Norkotah harvesting and packing will begin in early to mid August
- Burbank production will start in late September/early October
Please contact your Markon customer service repreentative for more information.
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