UPDATE: POTATOES

July 27, 2022

Idaho’s remaining storage volume continues to fall. Suppliers will ration remaining stocks. Prices continue to climb to all-time highs.

Remaining Storage Supply

  • Several Idaho growers have already depleted stocks; demand will shift to those with remaining supply
  • In order to extend shipments into August, and until new crop harvesting begins, suppliers will shorten daily production schedules and shed hours
  • Shortening production schedules will further limit availability
  • Suppliers will be using Markon’s six-week averages
  • Size substitutions are required for order fulfillment; ship dates may need adjustments
  • Growers are requesting order lead time of at least seven business days
  • 40- to 80-count stocks remain extremely limited; 90- through 120-count supplies continue to tighten
  • Remaining supply far exceeds demand in Colorado; the seasons in Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin have ended

New Crop Potatoes

  • Washington’s new crop production will begin toward the end of next week; early season supplies will be extremely limited
  • Idaho’s harvest will start in a limited manner the week of August 8; the bulk of production will get underway the week of August 22
  • Idaho and Washington growers anticipate early season yields to be dominated by 70- to 90-count potatoes; size profile will increase in late August
  • Colorado’s harvest will begin in late August
  • Texas potatoes are anticipated to ship the week of August 15
  • Wisconsin supplies are forecast to enter the market in mid-August
  • Expect elevated markets to persist until early September

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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