US: Northwest potato crop slightly late, but promising

Washington and Oregon potato growers have been slowed slightly by a wet winter and spring. But so far, the crops appear to be worth the wait. Washington growers planted 170,000 acres of potatoes in 2016 and acreage and volumes are expected to be similar in 2017. “Last year was crazy early, as the weather promoted early season growth,” said Chris Voigt, executive director for the Washington State Potato Commission, Moses Lake. “This year seems to be much more normal. “It’s been perfect growing weather — warm days and cool nights. Potatoes love that,” he said. “This season is a few days later than last year, but last year was earlier than normal,” said Bill Brewer, executive director of the Portland-based Oregon Potato Commission. “My board is predicting no change — around 2.5 billion pounds of production.” Report and video