Potato volume down across several areas - The Packer

Potato volume down across several areas

12/06/2013 10:51:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

“Some growers had a small set, which allowed the potatoes to get big, while others were more affected by the hot weather and saw a smaller than normal size profile,” Voigt said.



Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, says the crop is of good quality this year.

He expects a more manageable size profile this year after a lot of larger potatoes last year. However, there may be a smaller crop due to a reduction in plantings.

“We’re down in acreage a little this year because of the long drought,” he said.

The lack of snowpack and rainfall has caused some major concern for growers.

“We’re trying to work through some water issues, and we have a good, strategic plan to deal with that,” Ehrlich said.

Still, he’s eager for the winter snowfall to begin.

“We’re hoping to see a lot of snow. That would be a blessing,” he said.

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