The Mickelson brothers began harvest in southeast Idaho in late September. They are seeing good yields, but they don’t expect this to be a record-setting season.
Grower-shippers throughout the Snake River Valley said they anticipated strong prices for the 2011-12 fiscal year, though none thought they would top the 2010 prices. Weekly reports Sept. 19 to Oct. 1 from the United Potato Growers of Idaho showed a collapse in russet count carton prices, but industry insiders said such drops are usual at this time of year.
“I’m a little disappointed in the prices right now, but not surprised,” said the IPC’s Muir. “There is a high grower return now, so it’s hard for them to put the potatoes in storage and wait for the prices to change.”