PRODUCERS BALANCE STRONG MARKET PRICES W/ RISING COSTS
SPOKANE, Wash.-Strong markets for most ag commodities are tempered by increasing uncertainties this spring. Agricultural producers' challenges include rising input prices, a wet and cold spring that will delay planting and the unknown impact of the Japan Disaster on Pacific Northwest ag markets.
Potato growers are optimistic entering the 2011 production season. Potato supplies are tight throughout the Northwest and old crop supplies aren't expected to carry over into new crop production. Although a concern, rising input expenses have been largely offset by profitable markets.