Smaller crop size, good quality for Idaho potato growers

The 2017 Idaho potato harvest got under way in the earliest fields in the days immediately following the “Great American Eclipse” on Aug. 21. It might also have appropriately been called the “Great Idaho Potato Eclipse,” since the path of totality swept across about 90 percent of the state’s potato production regions, and those outside of the path of totality still witnessed a 97 percent eclipse or better. The 2017 Idaho potato harvest got under way in the earliest fields in the days immediately following the “Great American Eclipse” on Aug. 21. Potato farmers in Idaho saw below-cost pricing for their efforts during much of the 2016-17 marketing year due to a large 2016 crop and an abundance of small sizes. Planted acreage for the 2017 harvest was down, however, and early indications, as the harvest got under way the end of August, were that yields might be down a bit as well, factors that are expected to keep prices firm going into the new marketing year. More