US: Strong markets should reward lowered potato supply

harvest-WPVGAEarly estimates suggest that Wisconsin’s potato crop may be down roughly 5 percent this fall. However, if prices hold strong, as they were in late August, the decreased supply is more than compensating for the lost production. Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, based in Antigo, estimated that Wisconsin’s fresh potato crop would be about 27 million hundredweight for the 2017 growing season. The 2016 fresh crop came in at 28.5 million hundredweight. Late in August Houlihan said growers were enjoying great potato prices. “The market is fantastic now,” he said. “They [prices] have gone through the roof. There is very strong demand now.” “We typically see high prices in August but these are very good prices and have strong demand,” he said. More