New crop, fresh-run MFC Norkotah Potatoes will hit the market next week. Once new crop supplies start shipping, it is important to be aware of certain characteristics.
- As new crop potato harvests begin, growers will simultaneously fill storage sheds as well as send fresh-run product straight to packing facilities for orders
- Fresh-run quality will be good; occasional skinning and excess moisture may be observed in fresh-run potatoes
- Potatoes may release moisture as they cool, causing a very light, white surface residue that can be easily brushed off
- The white residue will dissipate as potatoes dry and does not pose any quality problems
- New crop potatoes have not gone through the ‘sweat’ process yet
- The ‘sweat’ process allows field heat to leave the potatoes, putting them in dormancy, which prevents sprouting from occurring during the early months of storage
- U.S. No. 2 production will be extremely limited, as potatoes that would normally meet No. 1 grade are being packed to meet demand for No. 2 grade orders
- No. 2 supplies will increase once potatoes are shipped out of storage
- Pricing will be firm until that time
- Norkotah stocks will start shipping out of storage in mid-October
- New crop Burbank harvesting is expected begin in early October; growers will ship out of storage in late October/early November
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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