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August 16, 2022

The next few weeks will continue to be the most challenging for order fulfillment. Expect highly elevated markets and supply struggles to persist into September.

Remaining Storage Stocks

  • Final storage facilities will be depleted this week for the few remaining Idaho shippers with available supply
  • Many Idaho suppliers are already experiencing a supply gap between their storage and new crop
  • Sheds with product will continue to significantly slow production and limit daily shipments to stretch volume out the remainder of the week
  • Size substitutions will be required for best order fulfillment; expect requested ship dates to be adjusted for allocation
  • 40- to 80-count stocks remain extremely limited; 90- to 120-count supplies continue to tighten

New Crop Potatoes

  • Idaho:
    • Central Idaho growers have begun to harvest in a limited manner
    • The first set of Eastern Idaho shippers have begun to harvest this week, but also in a limited way
    • The bulk of Idaho production will not begin until the week of August 30
    • Early pack-outs will be on the small side; heavy to 70- to 90-counts
  • Washington:
    • Supply has improved; early season volume remains dominated by 70- to 90-count potatoes
    • Washington may supplement supply shortages in Idaho; however, due to the small sizing this has not been a viable option
  • U.S. No. 2 production will be tight until potatoes are shipped out of storage, as supplies look their best straight out of the field
  • Limited quantities of Texas potatoes are now being gathered; early harvests are also inadequate in size
  • Colorado and Wisconsin production will begin in September

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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