Onions, spuds off to slow start - The Packer

Onions, spuds off to slow start

07/15/2011 11:24:00 AM
Amelia Freidline


Torrential rains that gutted plantings should delay potato production by up to two weeks, Williams said. Last year, Williams Farms finished planting May 29. This year’s heavy rains had Williams planting through June 14.

“There should be a little gap, probably a week or two where nothing will be really ready (in late August),” Williams said in mid-June.

“It will be after Labor Day when we can get going on the storage crop.”

Williams Farms plans to begin harvesting small volumes of round whites, reds and yukon golds in late August. He said Lake Ontario growers like to finish by Oct. 10 and store through late May and early June.

Williams called last season’s prices favorable.

Marshall said the grower-shipper planned to begin harvesting its round white storage potatoes in early to mid-October with shipments beginning in mid-November.

She said last year brought consistent movement.

“The storage deal nationally doesn’t affect us as much,” Marshall said.

“People either want a russet or a round white. Round whites are good for mashed potatoes.”

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