Idaho potato harvest kicks off on high note

09/14/2012 03:49:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Rigby Produce Inc., Rigby, Idaho, finished up with the 2011 crop Aug. 10 and began harvesting this year’s 2012 crop Aug. 13 for a seamless transition, said Ryan Mickelsen, general manager.

Rigby Produce, which only ships russets, began the season with russet norkotahs and will move into the later-season russet burbank as harvest progresses.

As of mid-September, Mickelsen said he was pleased with the crop.

“From what we’ve seen, the quality has been pretty nice and the size of the potato is pretty nice — possibly larger than we’ve had the last year or two,” he said. “We’ve seen a lot of carton sizes and overall just a good crop so far.”


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