IDAHO POTATO CROP WILL BE BIG, BUT NOT RECORD

Published online: Nov 02, 2011 Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
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Coming off of two record years in terms of total crop value and a record yield in 2009, the Idaho potato industry will probably have to be satisfied with merely a good performance for the 2011-12 season.

"We will definitely be in the five-year average range for yields," said Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of the Idaho Potato Commission, Eagle. "But we're not going to see a record like two years ago."

Even though acreage is up almost 27,000 acres for the 2011-12 potato fiscal year in Idaho, yields and prices are not expected to top 2010 levels. Unfavorable weather conditions resulted in late crop development and delayed harvest, especially in southeastern Idaho.

SOURCE: The Packer

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