Lytch said the Feb. 12 freezing temperatures harmed yields and sizings and may prevent some from properly setting.
Fortunately, a large percentage of the crop still under the dirt had not emerged as of late February as north Florida planting progressed, Lytch said.
North Florida production typically begins in early May and finishes by June 20.
South Florida growers produce on 9,000 acres, Wiles said.
Though Florida remains the first new potato producer with its late winter window, Arizona usually follows shortly after and Texas enters in late April. After north Florida ends in June, North Carolina and California enter the market with new potatoes.