All Eyes On Idaho Potatoes

Published online: Jun 19, 2003
Viewed 1168 time(s)
Web Exclusive
Like other years, it appears the entire North American potato industry is keeping its eyes on the Idaho potato crop.

While the writing is already on the wall that this will be another large crop, it will only be growing hazards that could change things at this point.

As of June 15, the state's crop was 86 percent emerged-right on average. The state's water supply is a 60-40 deal, the 40 percent meaning good-to-excellent irrigation water supplies. The 60 percent represents fair to very poor supplies.

While reservoirs are dropping fast in eastern Idaho, and there has been little or no rain this spring, growers are hopeful that as the solstice turns into summer this week some nice thunderstorms will occur.

The crop progress report shows 8 percent of the state's crop at least 12-inches high in growth, as compared to the average of 18 percent.

At least one eastern Idaho observer noted that while top growth isn't great, digging shows that the plants are "hooking." This could be an indication the crop is further along than foliage shows.