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SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (238-206*-218, seedless 223-196*-204, seeded 15-10-14) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 18-19 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 17-19 cents. Quality generally good. Many present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. *revised

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 166-135-92, seedless 150-126-86, seeded 16-9-6, OK seedless 5-10-9) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Supplies very light as harvest was curtailed in most areas. Trading fairly active. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14 cents. Quality variable. Prices from Sept. 19 because of no f.o.b. report issued on Sept. 22 because of insufficient supplies.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (166-123-50, red-flesh seeded 8-4-4; red-flesh seedless 158-119-46) — Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (8-9-11, seedless 8-9-9, seeded 0-0-2) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality variable. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of Oct. 13. FIRST REPORT.

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Red River Valley Potatoes

Heimbuch adds capacity for small packs

Nearly a third of the potatoes packed at Heimbuch Potatoes go in 3- and 5-pound packs, but the family business sees room for growth in smaller sizes.

“Everybody is planning meals on the day of now,” said Chad Heimbuch, president and sales manager of the Cogswell, N.D., company.

“Everything is trending to smaller packages. Instead of 10s, it’s more 3s and 5s. Consumers are buying more frequently. People used to shop once a week and planned for the whole week. Now it’s two to three times a week.”

Heimbuch installed a new Daumar weigher and two baggers to increase capacity for 3- and 5-pound packs this season.

The company also installed a new line for C-size potatoes.

“Before, they were mixed in with our Bs,” said Heimbuch, who added that the C-sized potatoes, or creamers, primarily will be packed in cartons or totes.

Nearly 100% of the fresh-market potatoes grown in the Red River Valley are reds, which is why Heimbuch Potatoes puts an emphasis on yellows.

Heimbuch’s father, Tom, grew red, russet and yellow in the Red River Valley for years, but the family’s potato operations had been idle for more than a decade when Chad Heimbuch and his brother, Josh, restarted the business five years ago.

“When my brother and I took over, there was so much established business between red sellers and buyers, we thought yellows would be easier to market,” Chad Heimbuch said. “Yellows give us a niche in the area.”

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Cogswell ND  |  November, 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Iread your articule and was wodering if you have any position's open at this time?I would like to apply for work where-ever you need help. Thank-You. Marla Bopp

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