Wisconsin potato industry positioned well for winter and spring shipping

TamasHoulihan2.2011Amid their winter potato shipping season, Wisconsin potato growers are enjoying a very positive season, according to Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Antigo, WI-based Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association. In a Jan. 11 telephone interview, Houlihan indicated that Wisconsin’s potato volume is down about 8 percent from the 2015 crop. One reducing factor was too much rain in August and September. Furthermore, 2015 brought Wisconsin a bumper potato crop. Wisconsin harvested 26 million hundredweight in 2016, down from 28 million the previous season. The 2016 crop yields about 430 hundredweight per acre. In the previous growing season, the figure was over 450 per acre. Furthermore, there was a 1,000-acre drop in 2016 plantings from 63,000 acres the previous year. “Wisconsin growers are still doing a good job of marketing and getting value for their crop,” Houlihan said. “We have excellent quality.” More